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If You Had a Heart Attack at Work, Could Your Coworkers Save You?

Julie Copeland

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What does recent data show about workplace fatalities? Do your coworkers know CPR?It’s the middle of an average work day. You’re at your desk, stressed and upset about something. And then the unthinkable…You feel a deep chest pain that buckles your knees. The elephant in the room is now on your chest. You need immediate help. But knowing your coworkers as you do, could any of them save you?

Imagine clutching your chest, fighting for breath and trying to get the attention of your nearest coworker. Not Bill, the always reliable guy at the other end of the building, but the person in closest proximity. And will he know what to do? Will he have the presence of mind and safety training to keep you alive?

According to OSHA, approximately 400 workplace deaths from cardiac arrest occur each year. If that is not scary enough, recent studies indicate that retention rates for CPR are miserably low. In fact as recently reported, only one third of trained participants could effectively perform CPR six months after initial training. Rates of CPR training retention drop off dramatically after just weeks.

I can’t die at work,” your mind races while trying to get the attention of the nearest person, only doing so when your legs give out and you helplessly fall to the floor. You know that the first four to six minutes are the most crucial to your survival. Panicked, you look into the eyes of the equally stunned person now standing over you. If CPR is needed, will he know what to do? If the average EMS response time is seven to 20 minutes, does your coworker have the ability to save your life?

The National Safety Council recommends that all adults learn CPR and first aid techniques in order to be competent to give assistance when injuries occur. Organizations should provide formal and ongoing training. They should provide incentives to learn and retain this knowledge, and make learning first aid/CPR a part of new employee training.

In addition to increasing first aid retention skills, ongoing training can foster a safety aware environment and culture and that nurtures confidence for responding effectively and quickly during a medical emergency situation.

That’s why ongoing safety training is so important to saving lives and ultimately to your business. The goal of ongoing safety training is to create a level of awareness about safety issues and how to deal with these issues as well as instituting a culture that nurtures confidence in being able to respond quickly and effectively during an emergency.

Even small advancements in safety training could have great impact on reducing the risks and hazards of workplace injuries and illnesses.

The reality of workplace injuries and illnesses is that many accidents – if not all of them – are 100% preventable through ongoing safety training efforts and using the proper protective equipment. When you take the time to follow through on providing training and equipment you greatly improve the well-being of your workers and protect your company from incurring expensive workers’ compensation costs.

Ready learn more about signing up your workers for ongoing safety training? Call 800-523-5367 or click here to speak with a workplace safety specialist at Arbill

Have a safe day!

Topics: Arbill, safety training, OSHA, keep your employees safe, personal protective equipment, cardiac arrest in the workplace

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