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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

September 16, 2015

Call 911

Serious workplace injury? Dial 911 first.

When a worker needs medial attention for a serious injury (or any other medical condition), call 911. Do not rely on self-assessments or medical assessments from well-intentioned co-workers. This year, a number of workplace medical emergencies have left workers waiting while co-workers discussed whether a 911 call was necessary. In one case, co-workers loaded an injured worker – who was sitting in a chair, unable to move – into a truck and drove him to an urgent care center only to discover that the facility was not equipped to deal with his injuries.

There is nothing wrong with an emergency plan that relies on a 911 call for serious medical events. In fact, it is a good idea!



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