Construction is one of the deadliest industries to work in. Power tools, even at home and in other occupations, cause thousands of injuries each year. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, each year more than 400,000 people are injured by power tools, and 200 people die from power tool injuries. Although OSHA does not have specific guidelines on each power tool that may be used by an employee, regulations state that every employee must be trained on the dangers of the workplace. Employees must also be equipped with safety equipment to prevent injuries. Another option that may not reduce injuries, but may improve outcomes, is to have first aid kits and personnel who are trained in first aid to assist the injured.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that after a fatal accident that claimed the life of a city worker, changes are sought.
An unnamed employee of the City of Atlanta was killed in a construction accident last weekend. The worker was in a hole using a saw to cut a pipe. The teeth on the blade broke off and the metal shrapnel shot into the man’s leg.
A nearby coworker rushed to a nearby police department to get help. Officers applied a tourniquet to try and slow the bleeding until fire and paramedic rescuers could get there. The man succumbed to his injuries.
The president of P.A.C.E., Gina Pagnotta-Murphy, advocates all city jobs to have individuals who are trained in basic first aid and response. She also advocated having first aid equipment, including tourniquets in every truck.
Pagnotta-Murphy is also a parts supervisor for the City of Atlanta.
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