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Lack of first aid leads to 140,000 workplace deaths

19th September 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The importance of first aid is being highlighted in a new campaign, which shows that around 140,000 people each year die because colleagues are not medically competent.

Research from St John Ambulance revealed that 50 per cent of employers lack any formal process for assessing first aid needs.

Furthermore, eight in ten have been carrying out their workplace duties without having a trained first aider close to hand in case of an accident or emergency.

Although health and safety signage plays a part in warning staff about the dangers around them, fewer than one in five people know the basics of first aid.

Richard Evens, director of training and marketing at St John Ambulance, said: "Every employee deserves to feel safe in their working environment and ensuring there are enough first aiders in the event of an emergency is paramount. The fact that over one-third of employees fear they don’t have enough first aiders at work is quite concerning."

Each year St John Ambulance teaches basic medical principles to around 800,000 people, making them potential lifesavers in the workplace and community.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801451008-ADNFCR


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