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Workers who are involved with Utilities face a number of burn risks inherent to their profession. In a study published in 2006 it was found that while thermal burn and electric shock injuries represented 3.7% of all injuries in utilities workers in this study, those injuries accounted for for nearly 13% of all medical claim costs. The frequency of burn injuries has decreased, however they still remain among the most serious of occupation injuries resulting in more days away from work.

The head, hands, and other upper extremities were the body parts most frequently injured by burns or electric shocks for utility workers. “For this industry, electric-related burns accounted for the largest percentage of burn injuries, 399 injuries (45.8%), followed by thermal/heat burns, 345 injuries (39.6%), and chemical burns, 51 injuries (5.8%). These injuries also represented a disproportionate number of fatalities; of the 24 deaths recorded in the database, contact with electric current or with temperature extremes was the source of seven of the fatalities. High-risk occupations included welders, line workers, electricians, meter readers, mechanics, maintenance workers, and plant and equipment operators.” (Thermal burn and electrical injuries among electric utility workers, 1995–2004)

Utility Burn Injury Statistics

Having BurnFree dressings, Pain Relieving Gel, and Fire/Trauma Blankets  on hand at each job site, or in each utility worker’s first aid kit is essential in reducing the severity of burn injuries. Because BurnFree stops the progression of the burn, the severity of resulting injury can be reduced, as well as days away from work, making the workplace safer for utility workers.

BurnFree Sterile Burn Dressings are designed for first aid use on all types of burn injuries. The dressings are constructed of a special, soft, open-cell foam saturated with the BurnFree solution. BurnFree dressings efficiently cover the burned area and yet are elastic enough to accommodate possible swelling or the need to flex joints. Dressings are also sterile, light and easily transportable. A single application of this dressing is an effective first-aid measure on burns.

When medical assistance is not immediately available, using BurnFree dressings, along with a gauze covering for further protection, helps the burn area to remain moist for many hours. Utilizing this system also provides physical protection to the burn against further damage and contamination.

BurnFree blankets utilize a worsted wool blanket soaked in BurnFree gel that is designed to hold 12 times it weight in gel and can be used both for rescue and escape as well as first aid. Blankets have several applications in the petrochemical industry—from use to help employees escape, to extinguishing fire on the victim, to soothing and stopping the progression of widespread bodily burn injuries during transport to a medical facility. The Fire Trauma Blankets should remain on the burn victim for transport to the medical facility.

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Water-Jel Technologies, Inc. -
a Safeguard Medical company
50 Broad Street
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Phone: 2015078300

Safeguard International, Ltd.
3&4 The Mead Business Ctr., Mead Lane
Hertford, Herts SG13 7BJ
United Kingdom

About Us

For nearly 20 years militaries, EMTs and medical professionals across the globe have used BurnFree to cool and soothe burns, making BurnFree a leading brand in first aid burn care products. When used as directed, BurnFree provides immediate relief from the pain of burns, and minimizes the depth of burn injuries through its cooling action.