According to OSHA regulations, employees must be provided a safe and healthy worksite that is reasonably free of hazards. All accidents are preventable, but it's unrealistic not to expect them to ever occur. Supervisors are required to have medical and first aid personnel (depending on circumstances) as well as supplies that fit their site specific safety plan.
First aid is the medical attention administered immediately following an injury at the location where it happened. It is usually a one-time, short-term treatment and doesn't take advanced training to perform. However, it is important that every worker knows how to do this efficiently in the event of an accident.
You should quickly inspect the area where an accident took place. Remain calm, but be fast and efficient as you take control of the situation. Determine what needs to be done and who needs attention first. Your assessment should include the following:
First, decide if the area is safe to enter and won't put you in danger. Essentially, this is a cost-benefit analysis to weigh the potential danger against the help needed of you. If someone is knocked out, move their body gently and quickly to a safe area.
Severity and cause of injury
Upon setting up for treatment, determine what the extent of the damage is and how it occurred. If the individual is unconscious, look for potential environmental causes, such as if you found them at the bottom of a ladder.
Search for medical information
The individual may have a medic alert tag on a necklace, bracelet or identification card. It will inform you of their personal medical conditions, medications and allergies.
Identify the amount of people hurt
Don't only focus on the first person you see because there may be others in need. One may be alert, another may be unconscious or in a more severe condition. If there is more than one injured person, limit your personal assessment to assuring that they're all breathing, stopping bleeding and checking circulation.
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