Being injured at any time can be scary, but at work, it can be both scary and confusing, especially if you don’t know where anything is kept. The first thing to be aware of is that first aid is about keeping the injured person safe and alive. Unless you are a trained medical professional you will not be administering any medicine so do not panic. First aid is about handling a workplace injury or incident until trained medical professionals arrive
Within your workplace, a first aid kit, or medical box should be situated in an easy-to-access location. If the kit is not readily accessible then inform your manager at your earliest convenience. Every member of a workplace should know where the basic first aid kit is kept.
Where to Start
If you have been injured in a workplace accident it is always wise to follow the advice and seek medical attention. Even if you have only had a minor bump or knock, you don’t know if you have done any internal damage, so don’t risk anything to make sure you visit a doctor, health professional, or hospital. When seeking any medical attention it is always wise to share details of exactly what happened as these will be written in your medical notes and may be used later down the line if you come to make a claim.
If you have sustained injuries from an accident that happened while you were at work then you should look at seeking compensation. You need to speak to a personal injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida who can help you claim for your medical bills or loss of earnings. When taking your claim to a lawyer it is important that you have all the facts
First Step in First Aid
If someone is injured then one of the first things that you need to do is check the situation. Assess the scene and see if there are any dangers that need rectifying before you can assist. Then you need to establish what has happened, where did it happen and who is injured? Before rushing into anything you need to establish exactly what is going on. You need to be calm and level-headed at all times.
Panic and stress will not be helpful in this situation. You need to focus on the injured individual/s and work to prevent further injury, promote recovery and preserve life where you can. Once the situation is calm you need to try and work out how the injury was caused. Try and find out how the individual was injured, the more you can find out how the more to help you will be to medical professionals, should they be required.
Call the Emergency services. Even if the individual does not look injured it does mean that they are not. Unless you are a medically trained professional then you have no idea of any internal injuries. After contacting the emergency services you need to await assistance and administer basic first aid. Only give basic first aid if you know what you are doing and you have had adequate training. Never attempt to give basic first aid without any training, and never try and move an injured person, even if you are only trying to help them.
The reason you should not move an injured person is you don’t know what you are doing and if they have any other injuries. Medical professionals are trained to lift individuals in a safe and careful manner, so please don’t attempt to do it by yourself as you may do more harm than good. If you cannot give basic first aid then spend time with the injured person while you await the arrival of the emergency services. Keep the injured person as calm and relaxed as you can be given the circumstances.
The Arrival of Emergency Medical Services
Once the emergency medically trained staff are on-site you can relax a little bit as you have done the best that you can for the injured person. Calmly and carefully relay all of the information you know and have about how the injury occurred and what you have done while waiting for the professionals to turn up. All information is useful so try not to leave anything out. To avoid unnecessary panic and stress in situations it is advisable to keep a readily available list of emergency contact numbers in places that are easy to find and see. Ensure everyone in the workplace knows where the emergency contacts list is kept and displayed.