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Cement Burn Injuries

One of the many dangers that go along with construction is the possibility of cement burns. While cement in its dry form – calcium oxide – is fairly harmless, when it becomes mixed with water, it becomes the highly alkaline calcium hydroxide, which can cause serious chemical burns should it come in contact with the skin. If you are injured in a cement accident, contact the Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.

How Does Cement Cause Burns?

Calcium hydroxide is a highly alkaline substance, which means it has a high pH level (the opposite of acid). While wet cement has a pH level of around 12 or 13, human skin has a pH level of only 5.5. This means that contact with calcium hydroxide will result in chemical burns, which can worsen over time even if the skin is no longer in contact with the wet cement.

Preventing Injury

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workers who deal with wet cement on a regular basis lose about seven times as many work days due to injury over the national average. This is a truly staggering figure, and underscores the importance of following these safety suggestions if you come into contact with wet cement:

  • Remove your clothes, taking care to avoid getting more wet cement on uncontaminated body parts. Rinse out the clothes as quickly as possible.
  • Flush the affected area with water for twenty minutes, using vinegar or a citrus juice to balance out the alkalinity of the cement.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Prompt medical care is vital to avoiding further damage.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been injured due to a cement accident, contact a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900.