Used for construction and maintaining roads, parking lots, and play areas, asphalt is a useful and versatile material. Made of five percent asphalt/bitumen cement and 95 percent aggregates, asphalt is extremely thick and sticky, and the only way it is manageable is if it is brought up to extremely high temperatures, in the 300-degree Fahrenheit area.
Using material this hot puts those who work with it in danger every day. Burns from asphalt are very severe and sometimes life-threatening. Even wearing protective gloves, pants, shirts, and boots doesn’t mean you are completely safe from the effects of coming in contact with asphalt.
When Things Heat Up: What to Do When You’re Burned by Asphalt
When you come in contact with asphalt, you’ll want to immediately go to the Morristown Medical Center or any of the emergency rooms that are nearby. You may even need to call 911. However, some care is possible before you see a professional and may prevent your injuries from becoming worse. If you or someone on your work site is burned by asphalt, take the following first-aid steps:
- Remove clothing or anything around the burn. The first thing to do once you have removed yourself from the asphalt is to try to remove clothing, jewelry, or anything near the burn. However, you don’t want to cause even more damage. If you think doing so will aggravate the burns, wait for professional help.
- Use water. Minor burns can be treated under cooled tap water, but never use ice water or ice directly to the burn wound. More serious burns can be immersed in cold water for up to 30 minutes if transport to the hospital isn’t immediately available.
- Treat for shock. Going into shock is common for someone with severe burns. Cover non-burned areas of the person with a blanket and lay him down on the ground until help arrives.
Get the Treatment You Deserve
Coming in contact with asphalt is a dangerous possibility for those in the construction industry. However, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The law offices of Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. want to help you. Contact us today to learn how.