Part 2 of our 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart (a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area) helps to explain just why first aid training is so important. Workplace injuries and accidents are far more common that we might think – read on to discover more!
Safe practices while at work, home, or play can prevent many injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Once injury or sudden illness occurs, effective first aid can make the difference between a rapid or prolonged recovery, a temporary or permanent disability, and even life or death.
That is motivation enough to ensure you and your employees are first aid and CPR/AED trained, but wait until you read the statistics.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, defines first aid as “emergency care provided for injury or sudden illness before professional emergency medical treatment is available.” The statistics for workplace or home injuries or deaths are alarming. An incident can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time.
- Workplace injuries and illnesses kill about 2.2 million people in the world each year.
- Accidental injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for individuals younger than 44 years of age.
- Fifteen workers die each day in the U.S. from traumatic injuries.
- Approximately 4 million workers suffer a nonfatal injury or illness each year.
- In the U.S. about 1/3 of all injuries happen at home.
- In the U.S. about 20% of injury deaths happen at home.
- For every home injury death there are approximately 650 nonfatal home injuries.
Having someone at your workplace that is certified in first aid or CPR to deliver initial emergency procedures until EMS arrives can be the difference between life and death. Are you and your employees trained and ready to respond in an emergency?
Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes.
Tune in for part 3 of this series for a true story of a life that was saved by the successful application of CPR and emergency first aid. You won’t want to miss this!