Being first aid trained if you’re a construction worker or working from height in another field is not only wise from a safety perspective, but it’s also the law.
Construction is classified as a higher hazard industry. That’s why having the appropriate first aid training is so important in the construction industry, especially when you have people working at height.
Since the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations act came into play in 1981, having workers trained in first aid is mandatory. If you’re working on a project with between 5 and 50 workers, it’s critical that you have at least one person trained in first aid on site. That qualification could be in First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work.
Without this training, you could be in for some real trouble. After all, it’s a legal requirement.
As important as it is for construction sites to comply with legal requirements, keeping your employees safe on site is the highest priority. In the case of a medical emergency, it goes without saying that you want to provide all construction workers with the best possible care. This is especially important if you’re working from height.
Working from a height on construction sites is, of course, a lot more dangerous than sitting behind a desk in an office and there’s an increased risk of employees being harmed or having a fall. It’s the nature of the job. Having someone on site who is qualified in first aid is critical to the injured party’s recovery and any insurance claims made afterwards. It’s an added bonus if this person is trained specifically in a Working At Height first aid course.
Are you a site manager responsible for the safety of workers constructing at a height? If so, you might want to consider training some of your team in Working At Height. FaCT offers thorough online courses that meet social distancing requirements so you don’t have to wait for the training your team needs.
Having first aid qualified people on site is critical for abiding by the law and ensuring you can care for workers in the case of an injury. It’s also crucial in enabling workers at height to feel safe in their work, knowing that in an emergency, they will be protected.
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