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Here's how to secure the scene if you have an explosion in the workplace

by , 03 July 2014
When an accident happens in your workplace you have to take immediate action. This is especially true if it's something serious, such as an explosion.

Just like in an episode of CSI, you have to secure the scene to protect the evidence so you can do an incident investigation into what happened.

You won't have yellow police tape to do this, but you do have are safety procedures to follow. And you need to follow these to a T.

So here's what you must do to secure the scene of a workplace accident after an explosion...

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Here's why it's so important to secure the scene of an incident

 
According to the Health and Safety Advisor, you must secure the scene of an incident to ensure:
 
No one else is injured or exposed to the cause of the accident;
The incident doesn't damage your product, service equipment or property any further;
The incident doesn't harm any members of the public, their property or neighbouring business; and
You can protect the evidence you need for your investigation.
 
How you secure the scene depends on the type and severity of the incident...
 

Here's how to secure the scene of a workplace explosion

 
There are four different types of incidents listed in the Health and Safety Advisor. Each of them must have the scene secured differently depending on its severity.
 
Let's take a look at what you must do to secure the scene of an explosion, which resulted in major workplace injuries.
You must:
 
Isolate the electrical power supply to that area;
Extinguish the fire;
Give first aid to anyone who's injured and call ambulances to take them to hospital;
Inform the police;
Arrange to have the bodies removed when there are fatalities;
Barricade the area so anyone who shouldn't be there can get in; and
Wait for an inspector from the DoL to give permission to clear the scene.
 
 
There you have it: Now you know how to secure the scene of an explosion so you can investigate the incident properly and minimise further injuries.
 
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