You know the feeling. You yank your hand back from touching something hot and feel that familiar searing begin. You start shaking your hand, trying to flick the pain off of your skin. As the first sting starts to subside, it is replaced by a pulsation under the skin — as if the burn has developed a heartbeat. It is an awful, uncomfortable feeling, and it is one that could have been prevented with the right protection.
The burns described above would be minor, leading to some redness and skin inflammation. But, burns, especially those acquired in an industrial workplace, can be much more severe, resulting in infection or nerve damage.