Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Aug 23, 2017
Earthquakes are caused by breaking and shifting rock beneath the Earth's surface. They are sudden and shake the ground rapidly, proper preparation is the only safe guard.
To prepare for earthquakes, you need to know what dangers are during them. Some of the dangers are:
What you can do to prepare:
Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
The Earthquake County Alliance states that "Taking the proper actions, such as "Drop, Cover, and Hold On", can save lives and reduce the risk of injury. Everyone, everywhere, should learn and practice what to do during an earthquake, whether at home, work, school or traveling."
DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand
HOLD ON until shaking stops
Make a plan for workers to follow in the event of an earthquake, make sure you take these precautions:
First-aid training is needed especially after an earthquake occurs. Get your workers trained by an organization such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or National Safety Council chapter.
Recovery teams may be required to enter a collapsed structure. Emergency responders include firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, construction workers and government representatives. They may be in charge of assisting survivors, extinguishing fires, shutting off utilities, or even shoring-up safe paths into a structure.
For more information, read OSHA’s section on Earthquakes.
If you missed last week’s blog post on Safety Committees, read it here.