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What You Should Know About First Responders and Work-Related Injuries

First responders to work-related injuries are often responsible for assessing the damage done, administering first aid, determining whether to call further emergency services or not, beginning evacuation proceedings, contacting local hazmat services, and warning coworkers and standers-by of danger. Continue reading to learn more about how first responders are trained to deal with work-related injuries and what you should be aware of in case you contract a work-related injury.

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First responders are trained for any potential crisis that may occur at any given time and are trained to be physically capable of carrying out the duties resulting from any potential crisis. According to Questline, training for first responders should include the use of the various types of fire extinguishers, first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and self-contained breathing apparatus, requirements of the OSHA blood-borne pathogens standards, shutdown procedures, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), chemical spill control procedures, emergency procedures for hazardous materials, and search and emergency rescue procedures.

When responding to a workplace emergency, first responders care for the medical needs of those injured, including members of the first responder team, and assess the potential injuries of others first. After contacting emergency medical personnel, first responders are often required to contact company management regarding the emergency, according to Questline. Depending upon the severity of the injuries and situation, first responders may need to contact their human resources department to handle the emotional needs of employees and their families. The following are actions that first responders need to follow and that should be detailed in the company’s emergency action plan, according to Questline:

  • A procedure for reporting emergencies or accidents
  • An evacuation plan with emergency escape procedures and route assignments
  • A list of internal and external contacts with telephone numbers and email addresses
  • Rescue and medical duty assignments for inside or outside the facility
  • Designated assembly areas and procedures to account for employees
  • A location to set up company communication and operations

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 there were 3.3 million reported cases of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. If you have been injured or acquired an illness on the job, contact the Workers’ Compensation Center today (800) 223-1866. South Florida workers compensation and injury attorney Evan Hoffman and his fellow attorneys provide services to residents of South Florida, including residents of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

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