Workplace Safety Tips Part 3: Emergency Responders
Workplace safety tips for emergency responders fall into a category of their own. Police, firefighters and EMTs are called upon to help others. Ironically, their risk of injury can be the most dangerous. At, the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo, we applaud the assistance we and our clients receive at the hands of emergency responders.
Some are under the misconception that police, firefighters and EMTs are not entitled to benefits under New Jersey Workers Compensation laws. We are uncertain where these mistaken beliefs originate. Like other New Jersey employees, emergency responders are entitled to authorized medical care and reimbursement for lost wages. (Some municipalities may elect to pay this select group in full during a period of workers’ compensation disability. Often these arrangements are contractual.)
We encourage all those who are injured at work to seek the counsel of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. In addition to receiving medical care and lost wage compensation, workplace accident victims may be entitled to another benefit. If an individual is deemed to be either partially or totally permanently disabled, they may be awarded money by the court.
Safety Tips for Emergency Responders
Many municipalities and entities who employ emergency responders have specific guidelines in place intended to prevent personal injury. It is important to act within those rules and regulations. Here are some important safety tips:
- Drive safely. We know that you are in route to provide emergency services. However your efforts will be thwarted if you are in accident yourself. Wear your seatbelt.
- Work as a team as much as possible.
- When lifting, bend from the knees. Try to work with a partner.
- Use protective gloves and masks to avoid risk of infection.
- When involved in a rescue, always ensure you have followed safety techniques for yourself.
- Use all safety apparatus as provided by your employer.
- Take cautions when dealing with the prospect of falling debris
- Use all equipment as intended
The foregoing safety tips are basic. Emergency responders should pay careful attention to all training offered by their employers. Despite best efforts, workplace accidents happen. If you or a loved one is involved in a work-related accident, contact us for assistance.