Supervisor treated for stress after fatality

by on October 16, 2012 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Someone opened the wrong valve – ammonia leaked out – and one worker was killed and five more injured at the Gibson wintery, Sanger, CA.

A worker hired from a temporary agency, Robert Munoz, 28, Fresno, CA, died instantly. Five workers were also injured, and no one could rescue the worker.

Here’s a twist: The supervisor, who was uninjured, ended up being treated at a hospital for stress and grief related to the tragedy. That’s how traumatic a fatality on a supervisor’s shift can be, and that stress can have long-term results.

Suggestion: A training role-play can have a similarly powerful effect, without the fatality. Some medical trainers, for example, have doctors, after a failed simulation, talk to a volunteer posing as the victim’s family. They find the role play to be extremely effective.

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