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Bruce Smith February 25, 2013

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The prepared contractor hopes they never need them, but are glad to have them when they do


By Larry Walton

You’ve seen the signs: First Aid Kit On Board. The purpose is to let employees know where the first aid kit is located on the jobsite.

These signs can also be a welcome site in the event of an automobile accident. In fact, company work pickups are often ad hoc first responders in cases of emergency.

This is a good reason to keep a well-stocked first aid kit in your mobile office.

The safety of your crew is another good reason to keep these portable medical supplies on hand. Construction workers and landscapers are familiar with minor cuts and abrasions, it’s part of the job.

But properly caring for these small wounds can keep them from becoming big problems.

Of course another good reason is OSHA compliance. OSHA says, “Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.”  

OSHA cites ANSI Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits. Your state may also use the ANSI list or it can specify additional content.

Usually kits labeled as ANSI-compliant are a good idea on company pickup trucks.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that you are making provision for the type of work you will be around with your pickup.

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