Tool Box Talk - Accidents

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Major Injuries

The number one problem at the scene of a major injury is remaining calm.  Do not get excited for two reasons:

  • You can lose control of the situation and create a lot of confusion.
  • If the injured person knows you are confused about what to do, he becomes overly concerned about his own condition.

The following are recommendations for handling severe injuries:

  • Have someone call an ambulance.

  • Do not move the patient unless he is in danger of further injury.
  • Do not leave the patient alone.  Someone should be with him at all times.

  • Reassure the patient he will be all right.  A good mental attitude is important.
  • Use the proper First Aid for the injury.

Once a patient has been removed by the ambulance, take the following steps:

  1. Investigate the accident.  Get ALL the facts.
  2. Notify the company office.  Be sure to make a full written report.
  3. If there is a possibility the accident could result in a death or permanent disability, the company office must notify the nearest Department of Labor and Industries office at once.

     Minor Injuries

All injuries no matter how minor should be given First-Aid and a notation made in the daily work book regarding who-when-where and treatment.  Minor accidents can become major accidents.  All accidents should be investigated, the cause determined and corrective action taken to prevent recurrence.