Automatic External Defibrillators
We all understand that each working industry has a degree of risk for both employees and employers. However; some industries seem to overlook some of the most important safety features, such as access to an automatic external defibrillator (or AED) in the workplace.
Having a portable, user-friendly and physically robust/durable automatic defibrillator on a construction site is as important as having a hard hat.
Why are Portable Defibrillator’s Crucial for Construction Sites?
Not only is the construction industry one of the most physically demanding, employees are working in high-risk environments; full of loud noise, large machinery, electrical currents and maneuvering in hard-to-reach places.
Because of this increased exertion and environmental hazards, construction workers are at a greater risk of cardiac arrest. These onsite hazards also make it especially difficult for emergency services to reach the victim in time to deliver defibrillation.
“For every minute that treatment is delayed and not delivered, the casualty can lose up to 10% of their survival chance.*”
This is why First Aid Accident & Emergency advises ALL construction sites, to have accessible AED’s and to ensure that staff are comfortable and familiar with their use.
Why are Employers Not Providing AED’s?
An article published in the UK^ found research suggesting that employees in this industry:
- Were unsure of what defibrillators actually do
- Felt that they were not informed enough about the devices to operate them
- Worry that using one may cause more harm than assistance to the victim
What is the Solution?
The great news is that using a portable automatic defibrillator, such as the Heartsine® 360p Construction Site Defibrillator, was designed to be as easy as possible. Quality AED’s come equipped with step-by-step verbal instructions as well as easy to understand graphics.
However, because providing defibrillation is a race against time, we believe that employers should also seek out proper AED training for their staff in order to increase the confidence, reaction time and efficiency of defibrillator use.
Our First Aid, CPR and AED course instructors are experts in providing a fun, hands-on and realistic training experience for those working in the construction industry.
CPR and Defibrillator Training for the Construction Workers:
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What AED is Best for Construction Sites?
– And where to purchase one
At First Aid Accident & Emergency we recommend our HeartSine 360P Defibrillator with Tough Case for both large and small construction sites.
- Portable design with a highly durable and waterproof hard case
- Comes with 8 year warranty and liability cover
- TGA approved
- Comes with our FAAE Patient Prep Kit
- Includes Training Resources
- Includes an AED Wall Sticker
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