A 41-year-old worker at a manufacturer of heating and air-conditioning systems suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at work.
After three shocks and CPR he was revived within 4 minutes. Fortunately, his company had AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and trained responders. By the time EMS (emergency medical services) personnel arrived, he had been resuscitated and was moved to a hospital. The employee survived.
This is just one of many success stories that occur on the job, but this is not always the case. According to OSHA there are 220,000 thousand victims of sudden cardiac arrest per year in the United States; about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur at work. Waiting for the arrival of emergency medical personnel lowers survival rate to only 5-7%.
Amerisafe Group provides classroom and on-site hands on CPR training certifications. Ensure your employees bi-yearly certificates are current for a safer workplace. Amerisafe Group also provides on-site workplace testing and first-aid services to ensure safe productivity, so your employees receive immediate care and can get back to work on-site.
Feature Submitted by: Gary Orefice, Amerisafe Group Senior Field Safety Advisor