You run an engineering company. You haven't repaired one of your boilers as frequently as you should. Its steel door shoots off and flies through your factory!
It cuts open three employees' heads and one of their stomachs, killing them instantly.
Now, this may sound a little over the top…but an incident like this did actually happen in Roodepoort! It's just another example of how quickly a fault in a piece of your machinery can result in fatalities, and an incident your company can now be liable for.
So, let's have a look at what you need to do after an incident like this happens in your workplace…
If there was a fire, violent strike or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
Just because you've appointed a first aider and have a first aid kit in your office doesn't mean you've done everything to protect your employees
The one vital element MISSING FROM 88% of all first aid training!
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Four reasons to secure the scene of a workplace incident
After every incident, you need to secure the area where it happened. You do this to ensure that:
More people can't be injured or exposed to something harmful;
There'll be no further damage to your product, service, equipment or property;
Other people can get hurt, e.g. members of the public, their property or neighbouring businesses; and
You protect the evidence to help you to determine the basic and root cause of the incident.
For an incident like the one above, securing the scene would require you to activate your emergency response plan.
Read on to see how to secure the scene of an incident…
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How to secure the scene of a serious/major injury or illness, including fatalities
Based on the incident above, you must:
Isolate electrical power supply to the machine;
Extinguish the fire (if there is one);
Provide first aid to the injured people (if they aren't killed instantly) and arrange for transfer to the hospital;
Inform the police and Department of Labour;
When authorised, arrange to have the body removed;
Barricade the area. This enables you to: Prevent any additional injuries; and preserve evidence of what caused the explosion; and
Wait for the Department of Labour inspector and their authorisation to clear the incident scene once he's done.
Now you know how to react when an incident occurs in your workplace. Remember, you can prevent most incidents by following the safety measures in your risk assessment! Turn to Chapter R01: Risk Assessments
in your Health and Safety Advisor
for everything you need to know about risk assessments.
Managing Editor, Health and Safety Advisor
– Chapter I01: Incidents in your Health and Safety Advisor
takes you step by step through the process you must follow when incidents occur. If you don't have a Health and Safety Advisor
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