Currently, employees spend a sizable part of their lives at work, yet they are often unprepared for work accidents, which frequently lead to traumas or even fatal consequences. Employee awareness and knowledge regarding first aid and medical assistance are significant components of overall workplace safety and can be secured by first aid and CPR training (Jędrzejas and Sobala 212). Thus, managing medical emergencies before the arrival of professional help appears to be a crucial factor in ensuring that the work environment promotes a sense of reliability.
Prevention seems to be the cornerstone of occupational safety. Nonetheless, not all work-related incidents can be avoided, and its the employer’s responsibility to provide their employees with the required instruments to manage such situations before the medical services’ arrival (Murden par. 5). Work-related incidents are not rare – International Labor Organizations estimates that more than three hundred million employees are injured, and three hundred fifty thousand are killed annually (Schunder-Tatzber 115). Consequently, several studies have been dedicated to the role of unprofessional first aid in survival and health outcomes. For instance, Bakke et al. support the idea that “bystander first aid and basic life support can likely improve victim survival in trauma” (1187). Still, the extent of first aid training is recommended in proportion to occupational health and safety risks (Lingard 115). Considering the character of services that CCI provides, first aid and CPR training can alleviate the danger that working at construction sites entails.
Conclusively, the medical assistance and first aid component is an indispensable part of CCI’s safety and health plan. As a construction company and with consideration to International Labor Organizations’ statistics, CCI increases its employees’ likelihood of being injured. Unprofessional but certified help from colleagues can improve survival chances or mitigate an injury’s consequences. It is up to the employer to guarantee that employees have the knowledge and skills to handle work-related incidents.
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Jędrzejas, Natalia, and Krzysztof Sobala. “First Aid in the Workplace and Employee Awareness About it.” World Scientific News, vol. 104, 2018, pp. 209-221.
Lingard, Helen. “First Aid and Occupational Health and Safety: The Case For an Integrated Training Approach.” Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuriess, 2017, pp. 110–117.
Murden, Bob. Why Employees Need First Aid Training. Work Place Safety Group U, 2018, Web.
Schunder-Tatzber, Susanne, et al. “Training Needs for Emergency Care in Organisational Settings – From First Aid to Emergency Coordination.” Emergency Preparedness and Response in Occupational Health, vol. 75, 2018, p. 115.