Reminder: Co-workers need to be wary with rescues

by on October 8, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Most workers watch out for each other and take pride in doing so. But watching out for others also means recognizing that others in trouble may require special procedures before – or if – they can be rescued.

Henry Campbell, 56, Newark, NJ, collapsed from solvent fumes (toluene) on top of a 500-gallon tank located in an outdoor yard of the Hartin Paint plant in Carlstadt, NJ. An alert co-worker pulled Campbell off the tank’s lid, but the fumes nearly overcame him, too. He was treated and later released from a local hospital. Campbell could not be saved.

OSHA is investigating why the workers were overcome.

Take home: The heroic efforts of the worker nearly caused a second fatality. Even though seconds may count, make sure workers know your rescue procedures so that more people aren’t risking their lives. A buddy system, nearby rescue lines, and training to recognize where you are and what possible risks you may face, may prevent snowballing injuries – especially when the issue is toxic exposure.

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