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MAR 2018

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COATINGSPRO MARCH 2018 31 WORK IT SAFE Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when ventricular fibrillation takes place or when the heart stops beating altogether. Without medical attention, the victim collapses, loses consciousness, becomes unresponsive, and dies. Many victims have no prior history of heart disease and are stricken without warning. Causes of sudden cardiac arrest include: Heart attack; Electrocution; Asphyxiation (loss of consciousness and death caused by inade- quate oxygen, such as in a confined space). Reasons for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace: Workers may suffer sudden cardiac arrest while on the job. Onsite AEDs save precious treatment time and can improve survival odds because they can be used before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrive. A heart rhythm in ventricular fibrillation may only be restored to normal by an electric shock. The AED is compact, lightweight, portable, battery operated, safe, and easy to use. AEDs should be conveniently installed: to ensure response within 3-5 minutes; close to a confined space; in areas where electric-powered devices are used; on remote sites, such as off-shore drilling rigs, construction projects, marine vessels, power transmission lines, and energy pipe lines. Your workers can easily be trained to: Recognize sudden cardiac arrest and notify EMS personnel; Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); Provide early defibrillation with an AED; Care for the victim until EMS personnel arrive. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , c o n t a c t : O c c u p a t i o n a l S a f e t y a n d H e a l t h Administration, construction jobsites is not uncommon. After a work-related injury or fatality occurs, there are practical ramifications that supervisory person- nel must address while functioning under significant constraints. For example, reports must be submitted to OSHA, and an inspection may occur based on the severity of the event; project plans and coordination will require adjustment; resources will be reallocated; and in many events, a safety stand-down for an entire worksite must occur. Efforts such as these are not optional, and in our experience, they occupy the majority of managers' attention in the wake of a workplace injury or fatality. at which often falls by the wayside, and which may not adequately be addressed by managers, are the psychological and emotional reper- cussions of workplace injuries for the injured employee's coworkers and family. As noted earlier, construction fatalities, and sometimes mere injuries, may present multiple factors that are associated with traumatic fatalities. As stated in Death and Trauma, death that is traumatic frequently leads to complicated mourning on the part of survivors; therefore, coworkers of the injured or deceased employee may require enhanced intervention by supervisory personnel. Failure to adequately address these psychological and emotional needs may result in the coworkers' inability to perform in the workplace. In fact, the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs, along with several other governmental institutions, recognizes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which may result from witnessing such an event, as a form of disability that can lead to total occupational impairment. Such impairment, while devastating to the employee's ability to live and provide for oneself, further degrades the capacity of the employer's workforce. is may arise in the form of absenteeism, decreased performance, higher turnover, and worse — absent- mindedness, which can result in additional workplace injury. With these facts in mind, prudent coating industry employers should seek to establish plans for address- ing the psychological repercussions of a workplace accident prior to such Safety Watch

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