Every job site is different. Yet aspects remain the same. One of those is the knowledge of nearby emergency services in case something should happen. This knowledge should go beyond names and street addresses for your clients.
Job Site: It is important to know the basic information related to the job site. Who is the company in charge? Does the project have a specific name? Who is the project manager or person in charge? What is the best way to contact them? It is important to also know the specific address for the site as well as the closest intersection. Even if employees are familiar with the area, these are important details to have noted as any chaos in an emergency can cause these details to be quickly forgotten.
Police and Fire Department: What are the names of the closest police and fire departments? It is important to have a phone number beyond 911 as well as a contact name. Some areas may have multiple departments in close proximity. Which ones are the closest? Which ones would be considered a backup department? It might be beneficial for a representative from the job site to make initial contact with these departments as well. A quick phone call for a hello or a quick visit for an introduction could go a long way in helping to prepare for any possible emergency. That handshake, nod or sound of the voice may help make the quick connection at the site during an emergency.
Hospitals and Non-Emergency Centers: If employees need to be transported to a hospital, what is the closest hospital for those injuries? Don’t forget hospitals can have different levels of trauma care. Make sure the hospital name, address, contact information and clear directions are identified before an emergency occurs. Many areas also have non-emergency centers available. These go by different names, but the premise is the same. They are there for the non-emergency care of patients. It is a good idea to have the same information prepared for such a facility in case an injury needs to be tended to but is not an emergency.
Utility Companies: Don’t overlook the utility company information in case of an emergency. If further assistance is needed from electrical, gas or water companies, for example, that information should be in close reach as well. Again, company names, contact persons and contact information is important to keep documented.
Many of these aspects need to be documented for compliance reasons, so they shouldn’t be overlooked or rushed in the preparation of paperwork. It is always good to remind your clients of why these aspects are important and needed on any required forms or documentation for each job site. It is one more way help to keep your clients safe and prepared for any job site emergency.