When you think of people suffering from serious burn accidents in Arkansas, you might think of construction and utility workers who regularly deal with high-voltage live wires, or maybe welders who use hot plasma and explosive fuels. Chances are that you don’t think about the teenage kid who works in fast-food or the woman behind the deli counter at your local grocery store. But these people are just as likely (if not more so) to suffer serious burns at work in Arkansas as anybody else. In fact, one study published by the Centers for Disease Control found that restaurant workers are the most likely profession to suffer burns while on the job.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
Dig a little deeper and the disparity between our perception and reality isn’t that surprising. There were just shy of 7.3 million people employed in the construction industry here in the United States in 2018. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were just 555,000 people employed in the utility industry that same year. By contrast, there were 2.7 million people employed in grocery stores across our country. And restaurants? There were almost 13.5 million in the restaurant industry. Continue reading ›