It is extremely useful to know how to react in an emergency situation, whether you are attending to somebody who has had an accident at work, a car crash, or you come across another person who has suddenly fallen ill. First aid can literally make the difference between life and death.
What to do if somebody has been injured at work
If you see somebody fall, collapse or suddenly become very ill, it is important to act quickly. The first thing you should do is check the immediate area and make sure that there are no further hazards, which could make the situation more dangerous.
After calling 999 and checking if the person is conscious, it is important to carry out the following assessment. The first place to start is the airway; if the casualty is responsive and they can speak, this is a sign that the airway is probably clear, but it is worth making sure. Tilt the person’s head back by gently placing your hand underneath the chin and lifting; if it appears that the person may be choking or struggling to breathe, look inside the mouth for obstacles and ensure that the tongue is not in the way.
In cases where there is a possibility of spinal injuries, place your hands on the cheeks and lift the head back very gently; avoid touching or moving the neck, as this could do further damage. Wait with the person until the paramedics arrive. If you are unsure of what to do in the situation, the 999 operator will guide you through the process step by step.
After assessing the airway, you should check the breathing and circulation; watch for movement in the chest or place your ear over the mouth to listen for breathing and place your fingers on the wrist to check the pulse. If the casualty is not breathing, you should place them in the recovery position and prepare to start CPR; this involves a combination of rescue breaths and chest compressions and it is designed to restart the heart. Again, if you are unsure what to do, the 999 operator will help until the emergency services arrive.
Preventing accidents at work
Most serious work accidents are caused by slips and trips and falls from height. When working, take care to wear suitable footwear and look where you are going; wear the appropriate safety equipment if you are climbing ladders or scaffolding and ensure that you are working with at least one other person who can guide you. Employers are required to comply with health and safety regulations to ensure that workplaces are safe, but if you have sustained work injuries and you were not to blame, you could claim work accident compensation. Call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss the details of your claim.
Date Published: February 10, 2014
Author: David Brown