Unfortunately, accidents at work can happen at any time and often, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, you will need to act fast. If a colleague or customer falls ill suddenly, your first aid knowledge of how to do CPR could make the difference between life and death.
How to do CPR
CPR, also known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is called into action when somebody suffers severe breathing difficulties or their heart stops beating. CPR can help to stimulate blood flow and keep oxygen pumping around the body. If somebody has suffered a severe work injury, such as a fall from height, or an electric shock, or they have fallen ill suddenly, you may need to start CPR.
In the event that you come across a casualty who is not breathing properly, call 999 and prepare to start CPR. If you have not been trained in CPR before, don’t panic and try and stay calm; the operator will guide you through the process and advise you how to do CPR until paramedics arrive.
Hands-only CPR: this technique is recommended for those with no formal first aid training and involves doing chest compressions. When treating adults, place the base of your hand onto the very centre of the chest, put your other hand on top and interlock your fingers; press down to a depth of around 5-6cm and repeat. Ideally, you should aim for around 100-120 compressions per minute; the NHS recommends playing the tune of ‘Staying Alive’ in your head and compressing to this beat.
If you have first aid training, you can also include rescue breaths (also known as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Carry out chest compressions as above and after each 30 compressions, give a rescue breath by tilting the casualty’s head forward slightly, pinching their nose and breathing into their mouth. You should give 2 breaths per 30 chest compressions.
Fast thinking can save lives following work accidents and many employers encourage workers to undergo first aid training.
Compensation for work injuries
If you’ve sustained injuries at work and you have had to take time off work or even leave your job or change your career as a result, you may be thinking about claiming work injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a no win, no fee claim for work accident compensation. Our freephone lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.