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Preparing for Workplace Emergencies Before They Happen

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If you work on an aerial lift, there’s a chance you’ll encounter an on-the-job emergency. In fact, you may have already dealt with one or more.

Emergencies can be scary. Stressful. Confusing. Exhausting. But despite the frantic events that accompany crisis situations, someone (or a group of people) is required to step up and handle emergencies effectively. Timely action is critically important to:

  • – Ensure the safety of workers. Getting medical attention to those in need is priority number one in any emergency.
  • – Prevent follow up accidents from happening. If uneven terrain or a sinkhole is responsible for equipment malfunctions resulting in injuries, a smart emergency response team not only takes care of the injuries, but they also block off the impacted area to prevent further damage.
  • – Establish safe working practices. After the emergency is taken care of, an efficient response can be used to create better methods for handling emergencies.
  • – Provide OSHA post-emergency information. Many worksite emergencies in the United States are analyzed, inspected, and researched by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In order to develop effective policies to prevent accidents and emergencies, OSHA requires as much data as possible – and thanks to an effective emergency response, they’re able to show how other individuals and organizations handled similar situations.

 

We offer expert instruction on how to avoid accidents while working on an aerial lift or scissor lift. Emergencies are quite another matter. From severe weather to chemical spills and other unique circumstances, emergencies are just one more thing you have to be concerned with – especially if you operate an aerial lift or scissor lift.

Prepare for Workplace Emergencies

OSHA has guidelines in place to help workers deal with unexpected emergencies. Their bulletin, How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations, provides a basic blueprint for how to deal with emergencies.

What qualifies as a workplace emergency? OSHA defines it as any number of severe situations (floods, hurricanes, civil disturbances, chemical spills, etc.) that happen while working. Nobody ever expects to be in an emergency while working. Although, they happen more often than you think.

Here’s the key about handling emergencies – the best way to deal with them is to develop a plan before anything happens. If your company doesn’t have a well-planned evacuation policy or ways to deal with emergencies, work with your safety supervisor to develop effective, easy to understand plans. That’s the first step in dealing with emergencies. Here are a few others:

  • Ensure your alarms are in working order.
  • Create an evacuation plan for natural disasters.
  • Distribute local emergency response phone numbers (fire, police, etc.) to all employees.
  • Make your emergency and evacuation policies accessible to everyone with your company – full-time employees, part-time employees, contractors, etc.
  • Develop an internal emergency response team.
  • Get a core group of employees trained for CPR, BLS, and other life-sustaining procedures.
  • Make your emergency plans detail-oriented. For example, your company should have emergency plans in place for employees operating equipment. If you have an aerial lift fleet, review important fall protection procedures, what to do in case of an emergency, etc.
  • Keep your emergency response plans updated. From new policies to new hires, it’s a good idea to communicate any updates to your emergency plan at least twice per year.

 

For more helpful tips on dealing with workplace emergencies, check out OSHA’s popular Planning and Responding to Workplace Emergencies sheet.

Aerial Lift Training Helps You Prepare for Emergencies

Our training packages are designed to help you avoid the most serious on-the-job accidents. Unexpected emergencies are a whole other category of crisis situations. Without an understanding of general OSHA policies and safety guidelines, you and your company are more likely to be cited for workplace violations, experience more accidents, and operate in an unsafe environment.

Take care of what you can – get signed up with AerialLiftCertification.com today! Our aerial lift and scissor lift training packages offer a comprehensive overview of safe equipment operation, how to avoid certain hazards, and enhanced awareness of safety on the job.

Our training courses help anyone become OSHA compliant, which means you and your co-workers can operate aerial lifts and scissor lifts. Our courses include a Train the Trainer course, Aerial Lift & Scissor Lift Certification, Class 7 Lift Trucks, and Fall Protection instruction.

Thanks for visiting us, and best of luck creating or improving your own workplace emergency policies! If you have any questions about our aerial lift and scissor lift training, give our OSHA training experts a call at (602) 277-0615.

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