Les brûlures liês au lieu de travail

Translated title of the contribution: Workplace-related burns

M. A.H. Mian, R. F. Mullins, B. Alam, C. Brandigi, B. C. Friedman, J. R. Shaver, Z. Hassan

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Introduction. The key element of a safe workplace for employees is the maintenance of fire safety. Thermal, chemical, and electrical burns are common types of burns at the workplace. This study assessed the epidemiology of work-related burn injuries on the basis of the workers treated in a regional burn centre. Methods. Two years' retrospective data (2005-2006) from the Trauma Registry of the American College of Surgeons of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, were collected and analysed. Results. During the time period studied, 2510 adult patients with acute burns were admitted; 384 cases (15%) were work-related. The average age of the patients was 37 yr (range, 15-72 yr). Males constituted the majority (90%) of workrelated burn injury admissions. The racial distribution was in accordance with the Centre's admission census. Industrial plant explosions accounted for the highest number of work-related burns and, relatively, a significant number of patients had chemical burns. The average length of hospital stay was 5.54 days. Only three patients did not have health insurance and four patients (1%) died. Conclusion. Burn injuries at the workplace predominantly occur among young male workers, and the study has shown that chemical burns are relatively frequent. This study functions as the basis for the evaluation of work-related burns and identification of the causes of these injuries to formulate adequate safety measures, especially for young, male employees working with chemicals.

Translated title of the contributionWorkplace-related burns
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)89-93
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Burns and Fire Disasters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aetiological factors
  • Burns
  • Epidemiology
  • Industrial plant explosion
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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