Working on industrial and construction job sites can be dangerous. Moving equipment, falling objects, blocked views, working from heights and underground, and flying debris create hazards that can accidentally injure workers or cause fatalities.
OSHA records indicate that construction job sites rank fourth and manufacturing sites rank second in the number of recordable injuries each year. Construction ranks second for fatalities on job sites in the U.S.
Because construction and industrial job sites are dangerous, having proper first-aid equipment on a job site and an individual with first-aid training is an OSHA requirement (29 CFR 1910.151) at all workplaces where there are no infirmaries, clinics or hospitals close to the workplace. A reference guide is available here.
First-aid training can be tailored to the needs of a job site, and can target injuries that most frequently occur in that particular work place. Training includes how to respond to non-lethal and life-threatening health emergencies, and assessing a scene and the victim. OSHA standards also require CPR training for people working in confined spaces and electric power construction job sites to help victims until emergency personnel arrive.
Typical small, wall-mounted first-aid kits are adequate for a job site consisting of up to three employees. When a larger number of employees are working a job site, additional or larger first-aid kits should be provided. All employees should be made aware of the location of first aid kits. The kits should be easily accessible.
First-aid supplies in kits should include gauze pads and rolls, adhesive bandages, wound cleaning agent, latex gloves, resuscitation equipment and directions for emergency assistance. A list of minimum first-aid equipment can be found here.
Periodic inspections of first-aid kits ensure that the kits are full stocked.
If you are uncertain about the type of first-aid kit that is needed for a job site, consult a local fire and rescue department for assistance.
Depending on the type of work environment, automatic external defibrillators (AED) may be installed, particularly job sites working around live power lines. A number of factors should be considered when installing an AED, including local regulations, physician oversight and coordination with local EMS.
Neff Rental has stringent internal first-aid safety guidelines to ensure that its branches, delivery trucks and maintenance trucks have fully stocked first-aid kits, and our personnel receive first-aid training. Like you, we are serious about the health and safety of our employees. To contact a local Neff Rental branch near you, call 888-709-NEFF, or visit www.neffrental.com.