11% fall in work-related injuries

Decline in work-related injuries a result of raising awareness about First Aid and prevention: Police (Supplied)

Work-related injuries have decreased in Abu Dhabi, according to the latest statistics of Abu Dhabi Police. Injuries related to work incidents in the emirate witnessed an 11 per cent decrease in 2014 with 85 injuries as compared to 96 injuries in 2013.

Colonel Mohammed Al Ameri, Head, Emergency and Public Safety Department, Directorate-General, Central Operation, Abu Dhabi Police, said this decline was a result of efforts made to raise awareness of workers and employers in areas of health and public safety precautions in workplace and accommodations.

Col. Al Ameri said programmes included education in first aid and other necessary procedures in cases of accidents;  educating workers regarding proper ways to call for an ambulance; providing accurate location and information regarding incidents; educated workers on how to handle situations that involve fractures, burns, suffocation, etc.

Community ambulance is a service provided by the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters and aims to enhance awareness of all societal segments, including workers, on how to deal with emergency situations.

Captain Yousef Al Ka’bi, Head, Community Ambulance Section, Emergency and Public Safety Department, said the objective of community ambulance is to reduce the response time and maintain a stable condition of the injured until the ambulance arrives.

He also noted that awareness campaigns focus on addressing domestic incidents and preventative measures that need to be taken in order to reduce such incidents. The campaigns also focus on methods on how to handle such circumstances, should they occur, or when others ask for help. The awareness program also focused on the steps to be taken when calling for an ambulance when dealing with heart attacks, strokes, and diabetic episodes; alongside the concepts of providing first aid to children, and the importance of addressing child-related incidents.

The programme also included reviewing accidents in order to educate individuals on the methods of insuring the stable condition of the  injured by opening blocked air paths, controlling fractures and bleeding, dealing with cases of suffocation, and securing the spine and back of an injured person in order to reduce complications.

He also said that community ambulance utilises various methods of raising awareness by simplifying first aid procedures, providing practical applications for individuals, and giving individuals brochures about first aid to use after the training to use an information source when handling emergencies.


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