Many people may never use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but it is an important skill to have. CPR training can make an employee an important asset to their company as well. In the United States, approximately 220,000 people suffer from heart attacks each year. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that approximately four to five percent of those heart attacks happened to victims while they were at work.
CPR is the act of providing chest compressions to another person if their heart or breathing has stopped. Observing another person administering CPR is not an adequate way to actually learn the procedure. Those administering CPR should learn hand placement, proper rhythm, and how to recognize the signs of when a person’s heart has stopped. Below are some of the benefits of offering CPR training at work.
CPR Save Lives
Saving the life of a co-worker or patron is the number one reason why all employees should be trained in CPR. If employees are prepared for this type of event, they can approach it without panicking. During CPR training, employees will learn about how the heart works and when and how CPR should be performed. Employees will also learn that CPR can reduce the recovery time in a patient who survives a cardiac event.
CPR training also provides knowledge on how to recognize the potential for work accidents. As a result, work injuries will be reduced. Training on an automatic external defibrillator (AED) may provide additional and valuable information. An AED is even mandated on certain worksites.
CPR Training can Increase Morale
If an employer offers CPR training, it demonstrates to employees that they are valued, and the employer understands the importance of being prepared. Employees may be eager to learn the skill since they know it can be used at any time outside of work in public and at home. Employees will become more confident in emergency situations, and this type of training may even spill over into other types of emergency situations. If a work accident does happen, despite training, a knowledgeable lawyer can assist the employee with a workers’ compensation claim.
Chester County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC Advocate for Workplace Safety Training
CPR training at work can help reduce work injuries, but it does not completely prevent accidents. If you have a work-related injury, a Chester County workers’ compensation lawyer at Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC can help you. Contact us online or call us at 610-594-1600 for a free consultation. Located in Exton, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Phoenixville, Malvern, Lyndell, Wagontown, Uwchlan Township, Parkesburg, Chester Springs, Lancaster County, Reading, and Morgantown.