Reminder: Co-workers need to be wary with rescues

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