Accidents and mishaps can occur under any circumstances, no matter how well safety procedures are implemented at a worksite. For National Crane truck operators working inside the cab, anything could happen that could result in an injury; a speedy rescue could be very important, perhaps even life saving.
The contractor at a job site is normally responsible to see that a recovery has been safely performed, and planning is paramount to that success. Following are some important consideration to include in any safety training
- Speedy Response – Inside a cab, when sparks fly and lights begin to flash, the contractor must work hand-in-hand with emergency services to get remove the operator from danger. There are also instances where an uninjured operator could safely get out of the cab with minimal assistance; however, there are circumstances where the worker is incapacitated and their removal to a place for immediate first aid must be done quickly. In some cases such as when an incapacitated worker is in an elevated National Crane cab and must be hoisted to the ground quickly and safely.
- Contractor’s Responsibility – It is expected in a medical emergency that a speedy removal may require the assistance of recovery devices. Normal municipal recovery operations may have a well-trained team but may not necessarily have the required devices to perform extrication from this vehicle. Contractors must take the responsibility to have the necessary recovery devices and preferable a trained team to carry out such a rescue. Such a team could make the difference in the successful rescue of an injured or dying worker.
- Important Recovery Knowledge – Recovery teams should know the set-up of the cab. There are circumstances where the victim inside may be unconscious right at the exit and the only way to remove the victim out is through the top hatch, utilizing the rigging system that is anchored to the roof. There is also a door on the rear or side of the cab which could make a rescue operation easier. Through these doors, emergency personnel can walk inside the cab and harness the victim to be lowered safely to the ground.
- Appropriate Rescue Equipment – A harness is very important in any rescue operation involving heights; emergency personnel must determine the victim’s condition in order to know the proper type of sling to use for lowering the injured party. There are at least two different types of harnesses: full-body or over-the-head type. The over-the head harness is intended for a National Crane cabin with a roof hatch. It is important to remember that harnesses should not be worn too long as they could reduce circulation and result in suspension trauma; in such cases, man-riding platforms or stretchers should be used. Training is also provided by many equipment manufacturers for emergency personnel to learn how to appropriately use a rescue kit.
Most contractors successfully rely on public emergency personnel in their area; however, there are instances where a timely rescue just cannot be provided. Businesses must be responsible for their own safety measures to cover such situations. This is especially important for companies who use a National Crane truck at remote work sites. On-site programs are readily available to supply trainings for such employer-initiated recovery teams. When a plan and training has been executed, rescues can be performed safely and quickly by trained workers who have learned what to do and when to do it, saving the lives of their fellow workers!