This blog article outlines why automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are needed for every segment of the construction and roofing industry. From roofers to builders we outline the most at-risk segments of the construction industry.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the US, every minute an individual dies of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), and SCA-related deaths are largely preventable. AEDs are credited with saving more lives than any other medical intervention device, yet SCAs often happen in locations without AEDs or people trained in their use.
According to the CDC’s statistics, only about one-third of individuals experiencing a cardiac emergency receive immediate CPR from another person, and less than one in ten get help from a nearby automated external defibrillator. This is why having readily available AEDs within close proximity can save lives.
Construction sites have one of the highest incidences of heart attacks and cases of sudden cardiac arrest out of all other OSHA-tracked industries. For this reason, all construction sites should have first aid, medical assistance, and AEDs to protect their employees from accidents and death.
SCA is most often caused by coronary artery disease, and the general construction industry is at risk due to:
Another major cause of sudden cardiac arrest is electrocution. The roofing industry is particularly at risk due to working on top of houses and buildings where the crews and personnel are highly susceptible to coming into contact with electrical lines.
A construction site is a prime OSHA risk location due to the nature of construction with open electrical lines. Sudden high voltage electrocution can trigger sudden cardiac arrest by increasing the workload on the heart and causing increased myocardial oxygen demand. Unfortunately, accidents like this happen all too often.
The human body is highly efficient in the conduction of electricity. When a current of 50 milliamperes (mA) flows through the heart, it can induce cardiac arrest. Electrical current is an extremely hazardous substance for the human body.
While minor electrical burns may appear to be harmless, there may still be significant internal damage, especially to the heart and muscles, as well as the brain.
Four forms of electricity-induced injury may result from current:
The heart, like many other muscles in our bodies, is a muscle that pumps blood through the body by beating. Electrical impulses control our heart’s rhythm—these are what an electrocardiogram records.
High electrical current may hide these signals and cause the heart’s rhythm to be disrupted if it enters the heart. Ventricular fibrillation is an abnormal heartbeat in which the ventricles beat erratically, sometimes causing cardiac arrhythmia.
If ventricular fibrillation develops, the heart does not pump blood and there is no circulation. If a defibrillator isn’t accessible within minutes of the start of ventricular fibrillation, one may be required to administer cardioversion or defibrillation to restore a healthy heartbeat.
AEDs are not just needed in the medical industry but throughout all segments of the construction industry. From roofers to builders, we outline the most at-risk segments of the construction industry and why you should never go without having an AED on site.
We hope that this article has helped shed light on just how important it is for every segment of the construction and roofing industries to have access to a reliable (AED) defibrillator as part of your work safety essentials.
Contact AED USA today if you’d like assistance with establishing a protocol for workplace safety for first responders who need quick access to an AED when they arrive onsite after 911 has been dispatched.
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