By: Ryan Clayton 


What would you do? That question should make you think. Your answer could mean the 

difference between life and death for a co-worker. Are you prepared for the unexpected? 

Do you know what to do? Do you know who to call for help? Are you qualified to help? If you 

answered "yes' to these questions – Excellent! However, if you answered "no' then you need 

to pay special attention to this article. 


No matter what your position at the construction project, you need to know what to do in 

the event of an emergency. Your life and the lives of your co-workers could depend on your 

training and knowledge. If you are the first one on the scene, you need to protect yourself 

from any hazards. For example, precautions may need to be taken to deal with blood or 

other body fluids, gas leaks, and power lines. You don't want to become another victim. 

Stay cool, remain calm, and call for help: contact 911, local emergency officials or a jobsite 

emergency response team. You are the main link between the emergency and the outside 

world. Secure the area and keep co-workers and others out of the area unless they are 

trained to provide assistance.


If you are qualified to give emergency care, protect yourself first. Make sure you wear your 

Personal Protective gear. If the victim is conscious talk to him/her; reassuring the victim will 

prevent him/ or her from going into shock.


Check your ABC'S:

A - Airway

Open the airway and check for any obstruction

B - Breathing

Check for the rise and fall of the chest while listening /feeling for breath

C - Circulation 

Check for a pulse


If the victim is not breathing start CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation). Cardio pulmonary 

resuscitation, or CPR for short, is the best form of artificial resuscitation. In the old days we 

were taught to use the back pressure arm lift method when someone stopped breathing. 

We did not have a method to make the heart keep pumping blood. CPR has been around 

for over twenty years now, and yet we still find people who do not know how to use this life 

saving procedure. If the person is bleeding provide direct pressure of the womb to stop the 



Emergencies are unplanned events. They come unexpectedly and may involve you. What 

will you do if an emergency occurs? Find out whom to call and know where a telephone is. 

Learn the locations of fire extinguishers and first aid kits, and make sure you know how to 

use them. Learn and understand emergency procedures and evacuation routes for the jobsite. Be prepared for the unexpected. Do it now. Don't wait until after the emergency to 

learn what to do. Ask your Safety Director if you have any questions.


You may need to help save a life tomorrow! Is your first aid training up to date?