Work Injury Lawyer Fort Pierce
Concrete is perhaps the most ubiquitous building material at construction job sites. It is literally the foundation of nearly every building, and also makes up sidewalks, certain parking lots and numerous other structures. It is an incredibly useful building material. But at certain times and under certain conditions, it can also be quite dangerous. It’s important to understand that if you’ve been harmed by concrete, you shouldn’t simply, “suck it up.” There is a sense in the construction industry that if an injury isn’t bad enough to put you out of work that you shouldn’t seek medical attention or seek legal guidance. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If you’ve been burned or otherwise harmed by concrete, please contact a work injury lawyer Fort Pierce residents trust. The team at Franks, Koenig, & Neuwelt can help you to explore your legal options and help you gain access to any compensation you may be entitled to at this time.
Chemical Burns from Wet Concrete
Most people who have significant experience pouring and smoothing wet concrete are well aware of the dangers of “concrete burns.” Getting wet concrete on the skin often leads to dry and chapped skin, but that’s just the beginning. Portland Cement contains hexavalent chromium, which is an alkaline. Prolonged contact with the skin can lead to contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and eventually, second-degree burns. Skin infections are also a serious hazard.
When working with concrete, it is important to always use the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly the right kind of gloves and clothing to ensure that direct contact between your skin and the curing concrete is prevented or greatly minimized. If exposure does occur, the area should be treated reasonably quickly with plenty of water, a non-alkaline soap and other liquids which can wash off or neutralize the dangerous chemicals. If your employer is not providing you with proper access to PPE and washing stations, please let our Fort Pierce work injury lawyer team know.
Remember that by the time a worker realizes he is being burned, it is too late and the damage is already done. At that point, the best option is to seek immediate medical attention and to let the physician know that you have suffered a concrete burn.
Heat Burns from Dry Concrete on Hot Days
Florida can get very hot during the summer months, and that is especially true for paved surfaces. If you are working outdoors in direct sunlight in an area with a lot of concrete, please remember that those surfaces are soaking up heat all day long. If you sit down to take a break or even fall down onto sunbaked concrete, you can suffer serious burns in a very short period of time.
One way to prevent burns is to hose down the concrete with water if you expect that your skin will be coming into contact with it. Otherwise, please wear durable boots with soles that do not conduct heat, and always be aware that the ground can be dangerously hot.
Injured in a Construction Site Accident? Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
Our firm is dedicated to helping injured workers collect the workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to under Florida law. While the process for filing a claim should be straightforward, many workers find it frustrating and confusing. Employers and insurance companies often try to find any reason to deny valid claims. Therefore, it can be very helpful to work with an experienced Fort Pierce work injury lawyer who can guide you from initial claim filing through all levels of appeal (if necessary).
To get started, contact our office to set up an initial consultation with a Fort Pierce work injury lawyer today. We look forward to speaking with you.