The construction industry can be one of the most hazardous fields to work in with an increased potential for on-site injuries. It’s important to have trained medical personnel available at these sites to provide immediate first aid and other medical services in case of an emergency.
Current Status of Onsite Medical Services in Construction
In recent years, the construction industry has made substantial progress in these medical services. Several large construction companies now employ their own medical staff to ensure there is a trained professional available if needed. These professionals may include EMTs and paramedics. For smaller construction companies, they may contract with third-party medical providers to provide on-site services.
Not all construction sites have on-site medical personnel. Some companies rely on local emergency services when needed, but this can result in delays due to travel time, traffic, and other factors.
Requirements for Onsite Medical Services
While OSHA does not require construction companies to have medical personnel on-site, it’s required that companies provide first aid and emergency medical services for employees who are injured or become ill on the job.
Guidelines for construction companies regarding onsite medical services have been published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It’s recommended that at least one trained first aid responder be present on construction sites with 1 to 25 employees with additional responders for larger job sites. ANSI also recommends that construction companies have access to medical facilities and transportation for injured workers.
Requirements for Medical Personnel
Requirements for medical personnel on construction sites vary depending on their level of training and the services they are providing. EMTs and paramedics are commonly employed and must be licensed by the state in which they work. These professionals are required to complete a state-approved training program and pass a certification exam. In addition, they must take part in continuing education courses to maintain certification.
The construction industry has made significant progress in terms of providing on-site medical services. Although construction companies are not required by OSHA to have medical personnel on-site, ANSI recommends a minimum number of trained and certified first aid responders to be on-site. It’s essential for construction companies to prioritize the safety and well-being of their employees by providing on-site medical services and access to medical facilities when needed.