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What To Do When There’s A Fall From Height Incident

Your ability to properly react to an accident where either you or someone else fell from a height can spell the difference between a falling accident that’s less serious and one that’s serious. Doing so can help you reduce significantly any consequences of such an accident, whether it’s psychological or physical. So what should you do when there’s a fall from height incident? Well, it depends on whether or not it’s you who fell or someone else.

If You’re The One Who Fell

If after falling you can sense that it’s still possible for you to get up on your own, you should first catch your breath and do a quick check of yourself for any injuries before attempting to get up. If you’re injured and you try to stand up without being aware of such an injury, you may just aggravate it. But if after checking you find that you’re injury free, then by all means get back up. Just take your time though and don’t be pressured to get back up as quickly as possible.

When getting up after falling from a height, you should proceed by first lying on your side. Then, bend your leg that’s on top before lifting yourself on your hands or elbows. When you’ve done that, look for a sturdy object such as an armchair then pull yourself – still positioned on your side – towards that object. As soon as you’re very near that sturdy object, get yourself to a kneeling position while putting your hands on that sturdy object. Put your dominant or stronger leg in front and gradually stand up while holding on the sturdy object for support. If it’s a sturdy chair or low-rise table, turn around gradually and sit down on it.

But what if you find yourself unable to stand up on your own? Stay down and call for help by shouting, using your radio or cellphone if you have one with you, gradually pull yourself to the nearest telephone if there’s one nearby, or make a lot of noise with whatever hard object you have in order to draw people’s attention.

If Someone Else Fell From A Height

While it’s very tempting to believe that the best way to help a person who fell from a height is to help them get back up quickly, it isn’t. The best way to proceed is to first check the person’s physical condition, e.g., is he conscious or not, or is he injured, and reassure him that you’re there to help him.

If the person who fell seems to be able to get right back up, help the person do so with great care. How? Bring a sturdy object such as a chair close to the person. Then, help him turn to his side and bend the leg on top and assist him into assuming a semi-seated posture. After that, put yourself behind him and hold him by the hips to help him assume a kneeling position.

Then, help him put both his hands on the sturdy object, put his stronger leg in front. Help him stand up as he holds on the sturdy object before turning him around to sit on it.

If the person isn’t able to get up, the best thing to do is administer first aid, help him take a comfortable position, keep him warm with a blanket or clothing item, and call immediately for help. Do not attempt to help him stand up if he’s injured and can’t get up.

Be Prepared All The Time

The chances of minimizing the impact of accidents involving falling from heights can be greatly reduced with awareness on proper handling of such, regardless if it happens to you or someone else. With quick, decisive, and proper action immediately after falling accidents, you can help yourself or other people limit injuries suffered and speed up the healing and recovery process. Knowledge therefore, is power.

Why Your Staff Should Be Trained In First Aid

“Safety doesn’t happen by accident.” – Unknown Author

Prevention is always better than cure. But let’s face it, we live in an imperfect world that’s inhabited by imperfect creatures like you and I. Because of that, prevention doesn’t always work. Some things are just able to slip through the cracks, such as accidents. And the best risk management systems don’t just focus on prevention, which is a great idea, but also consider measures to minimize or significantly reduce the potential impacts of risks that materialize.

And the best workplace risk management systems always include staff training for occupational first aid. Why? It’s because of the key advantages that doing so provides.

The Health And Financial Cost Advantage

Training your employees in the area of occupational first aid can help you contain or prevent injuries suffered by them in case of workplace accidents from being further aggravated. When that happens, your employees’ chances of recovering and healing from suffered injuries are very high.

And because health is wealth, your company will also be able to save money on potentially costly medical treatments to treat aggravated or worsened injuries.

With first aid, you can immediately stop serious bleeding prior to the arrival of the paramedics, which minimizes the risk of having to go through blood transfusions and other expensive medical procedures that can be avoided with immediate first aid.

Morale Boosting Advantage

Whether you like it or not, the ability to boost your employees’ morale is one of the best ways to make your company a very productive and profitable one.

When your employees’ morale are very high, they will feel a great sense of pride and joy in what they do, which will translate into optimal productivity and minimal employee problems.

When you train your company’s employees in the science of occupational first aid, you’ll be able to boost their morale in 2 ways. One is you build up their skill sets to include one that they can use not just to save their co-workers’ lives but also the lives of their families and friends! The other way it can help boost employee morale is when they actually get to apply their newfound skills and save the life or minimize the injuries of their fellow workers. Your employees can experience the profound high of knowing that they saved or helped save the life of a co-employee, or at the very least, prevented a serious injury from worsening into a potentially fatal one.

Increased Awareness

There’s a principle in psychology that says what is given much attention becomes important to people. By training your staff in occupational first aid, you inadvertently place the importance of developing such abilities or skills at the forefront of their consciousness, i.e., you bring it right smack in the middle (or front) of their attention. By doing so, you subconsciously make them more safety conscious.

When your employees are more safety conscious or aware, they will tend to practice occupational safety habits more and more, which can collectively help bring down the frequency or number of accidents in your company.

It’s A Low-Cost High-Benefit Investment

Investing in your employees’ occupational first aid training won’t cost your company an arm and a leg but the return on investment in terms of workers’ safety and health – and ultimately company productivity and productivity – can be huge! Therefore, it should no longer be an issue of whether or not you should invest in it but when. And to answer that question, the answer is this: the best time to invest was yesterday and the next best time is now.