New Braunfels, TX, August 2, 2023
Emergencies and disasters can strike anywhere and at any time bringing workplace injuries with them. Employees may be required to deal with an emergency when it is least expected and proper planning before an emergency is necessary to respond effectively. If you ever find yourself in an emergency, whether at the office, in the warehouse, or on the jobsite, the first thing you need to understand is that it is possible that it could take emergency workers some time to get to you. This is even truer when working on some of our jobsites in remote locations which could lead to further complications. By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.
KNOW THE RISKS
Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your jobsite or region can help you better prepare. Across all our family member companies, we face several different hazards, such as extreme heat, working around heavy equipment, contact with high voltage, and working at-height just to name a few. Each of which bring a unique set of hazards within themselves. By knowing the risks, we can better plan should we find ourselves in an emergency.
MAKE A PLAN
The best way to protect yourself and your fellow co-worker is to expect the unexpected and to carefully develop an emergency action plan to guide everyone in the workplace when immediate action is required. Planning in advance helps ensure that everyone knows what to do when an emergency occurs. As part of the plan, there are several things that should be considered such as where the closest exits are, pre-identified muster points, location of first aid kit(s) and/or rescue bags, and designated roles and responsibilities for those individuals serving in key positions. This information should be reviewed with all affected parties prior to starting work.
INSPECT YOUR EQUIPMENT
As with any emergency, there is a chance that emergency equipment to include first aid kits, fire extinguishers or rescue kits may be required to execute the emergency action plan. Making sure that they are ready to perform when duty calls is crucial. Take a moment after the call to inspect your emergency equipment and let the safety team know if there are any items that need attention.
If you would like more information on this topic or any other safety-related topic, please reach out to the Ontivity safety team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get you taken care of.