Simply breathing in asphalt fumes is quite hazardous to the nose, throat, head, and chest, but when you actually come in contact with the scorching material, dangerous injuries occur. Asphalt burns are some of the most difficult injuries to contain because the process of removing the substance often causes more problems for the accident victim.
Depending on the type of asphalt used, the temperature of the common construction material is often 300 degrees Fahrenheit or more. As you may imagine, touching such a hot substance is extremely painful and possibly life-threatening.
The Heat is On for You to Protect Yourself From Asphalt Burns
Although you can never fully prevent an accident from taking place, you can decrease its chances of occurring by taking your safety seriously. Take action by taking the following steps:
- Wear protective clothing. Wearing clothes that prevent your contact with the asphalt seems like common sense, but you’ll need to wear the proper clothes to get the best protection. For instance, wear heat-resistant gloves that cover your wrists and long pants that are without cuffs. Additionally, safety goggles, non-slip work boots that protect your ankles, and long-sleeved cotton shirts are musts.
- Make your work area safe. Hazardous conditions on he site can cause disasters to occur. Before you start working, clear any trip hazards in the work area and make yourself aware of all electrical hazards. You should also put barriers around the tar or asphalt kettle.
- Take care of yourself. One of the most important things you can do to prevent injury, particularly with hot asphalt, is keeping yourself hydrated with water. Working out in the heat and inhaling the strong and noxious fumes can make you light-headed, weak, and nauseous. Feeling this way can cause you to pass out or can cloud your judgment and cause you to make a devastating mistake. Take breaks when you feel like you need to and drink as much water as possible.
Don’t Allow a Work Accident to Take Over Your Life
Work accidents can change your life for the worst. However, you can take control and fight for your rights by having an attorney on your side. The law offices of Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. want to help you get your world back to normal. Contact us today to learn how we can help.