Employee Safety should be every employers #1 priority. Here is a breakdown of how last year went in terms of workplace injuries in our nation.
- Slip and Fall- 19%
- Cut- 17%
- Hit Against- 17%
- Other Strain- 13%
- Misc.- 12%
- Strain by Lifting-8%
- Caught in Object- 5%
- Burn- 3%
- Motor Vehicle- 2%
Helpful Safety Information for Injuries and Illnesses
Since we do live in an imperfect world and being injured at one point or another because of an accident is a reality of life, it is never a bad thing to be reminded of what to do to treat an injury. Here are some of the more common workplace injuries and how to treat them.
If you have a severe allergic reaction, call 911 immediately! Here is a list of possible symptoms to detect an allergic reaction: difficulty breathing, wheezing, tightness in throat or chest, swelling of the face and neck, puffy eyes, anxiety or agitation, nausea, vomiting or changes of level of responsiveness.
Help victim use his or her emergency epinephrine auto-injector if accessible.
For smaller reactions most minor allergy symptoms can be treated with antihistamines, corticosteroids, or decongestants.
Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
You are required to call OSHA
The best way to control extreme bleeding is with pressure.
To save the severed part:
- Wrap it in material that is as dry, and as sterile as you have access to.
- Place in plastic bag
- Set the plastic bag in ice
- Give to EMT’s as soon as you can.
Bee or wasp Sting.
If you are stung by a bee or wasp:
- Remove Stinger by scraping it away gently.
- Wash area with soap and water
- Put Ice on the sting
- Watch the victim for 30 minutes for severe reaction
- In most cases, over the counter antihistamines will be sufficient to treat the victim.
- Put on Medical gloves.
- Use Sterile dressing.
- Give pressure for 5 minutes (unless severe bleeding).
- Re-evaluate if direct pressure does not stop the bleeding.
- If still bleeding use a tourniquet.
- Call 911/or go to nearest hospital.
- If the wound is minor thoroughly clean, dress and bandage.
- For larger bone fractures or any dislocation call 911.
- For minor breaks for example fingers and toes:
Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate
Go to the nearest hospital for treatment right away.
- Cool burn with running water for 10 minutes, remove clothing, rings, and any clothing that is restricting.
- If you received a 1st or 2nd degree burn, put on a sterile, dry bandage. Keep the bandage lose
- If third degree burn-call 911 immediately.
- Check SDS data sheets for specific instructions on certain chemicals.
Signs and Symptoms of a concussion:
Headache, head pressure, feeling stunned or dazed, nausea, dizziness, visual disturbances, sensitivity to light and noise, confusion, difficulty remembering, and change of consciousness.
Sit down and rest. If symptoms are severe call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
Chemicals in eyes.
Flush eye for 15 minutes.
If after 15 minutes you cannot remove the irritant, you will need medical attention to get it out.
Ifyou continue to experience any symptoms after you flush, such as pain, redness, or abnormal vision, you should also seek out medical assistance.
Object embedded in the eye.
If it is a large object DO NOT REMOVE. Stabilize it in place with dressings or bulky cloth. Go to the nearest hospital. Call 911 if needed!
If it is a small object, try flushing your eye with water. Lift eyelid and try to slide object out.
Dull or sharp pain. If you are not used to working or lifting. The person might need time for the body to adjust. If the person has a sudden sharp pain, talk to your supervisor. You can always use the nurse’s hotline for questions regarding treatment.
- Rest the Muscle
- Ice On 20 minutes off for 30
- Alternate medication: For example, you could take ibuprofen first, followed by acetaminophen four hours later, and then repeat this process as needed.