First Aid and Safety on a Construction Site

My brother works at a small construction firm in New Jersey. In one of their renovation jobs last year, his co-worker got a nasty wound from the wood waste lying around their building site. The cut was quite deep, and the bleeding did not stop right away.  Good thing, my brother knew a little bit of first aid when it comes to deep wounds. He immediately ran to get a bandage so he can apply pressure on the wound and control the bleeding. When it stopped, they rinsed the wound with water, covered the wound and brought his co-worker to the nearest hospital for proper medical treatment.

The event led to the realization that in spite of the small construction project, they should have proper storage for debris around the building site. The site manager immediately called in dumpster rentals New Jersey to request for a small dumpster that they can use. The site was cleared of debris in no time, and it was easy to clean up after the job because they will just call the rental to haul the waste away. My friends who work as carpet cleaners in Atlanta know that carpet cleaning business is not an easy one.

The incident could have been a disaster if no one on the site was trained in first aid. Please remember these steps so that you will know how to treat deep wounds.

  1. Manage the bleeding

Look for a clean cloth or gauze to apply direct pressure on the wound until the bleeding stops. If the material you used is soaked in blood, just put more cloth on top of it, instead of replacing.

You also need to raise the injured part if possible to slow down the bleeding.

Remember that you only need to apply a tourniquet when the direct pressure hasn’t stopped the bleeding.

  1. Clean the wound

Wash your hands before you start cleaning the wound to prevent infection.

Once the bleeding subsides, you can wash the injured area with soap and warm water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or iodine directly on the wound.

  1. Protect the Wound

You may apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream to minimize the chance of infection. Then, cover the injured part with a sterile bandage.

Remember to change the dressing daily.

  1. Call the doctor

Here are the instances when you need to call a doctor as soon as you discover the injury:

  • When the wound is very deep, or the edges are irregular in shape, and it is wide open.
  • When the damage is on the face.
  • When there is debris that you cannot take off.
  • When the wound shows symptoms of infection, especially when there is a thick discharge and the injured person got a fever.
  • When the injured area feels numb.
  • When red streaks are surrounding the wound.
  • When the injured person did not receive a tetanus vaccine in the last five years.

As we all know, prevention is better than cure. So, it is crucial that the safety standards are followed. Especially for renovation projects, construction wastes should be stored and disposed of properly to prevent injuries.