Whether they are minor or major, injuries can occur at any time while working as a tradesman. This is especially true for electricians, who face potential danger every day. As such, it is a huge advantage for a tradesman to possess basic knowledge of first-aid procedures.
In addition to being able to identify and treat any minor injuries which may occur while working, basic first-aid knowledge can give a person extra confidence in their abilities.
Although these are in no way a substitute for undergoing official first-aid training, the following basic procedures in the event of minor injuries should be learnt by all tradesmen.
How to Treat a Cut or Graze
Perhaps the most common form of injury for tradesmen, most minor cuts can be treated fairly easily. In most cases, it is simply a matter of cleaning the wound under cold running water before applying either a plaster or a small bandage. However, if the wound is bleeding heavily or has occurred on a delicate area, it is then necessary to stop the bleeding before a dressing is applied.
To stop a cut bleeding, pressure should be applied using either a bandage or a towel. The affected area should then be raised in order to slow down the blood flow. Of course, working as a tradesman means there is a higher risk of a wound being infected due to dust or dirt. Anyone who believes there is a chance of a cut becoming infected should seek medical advice.
How to Treat a Broken Finger
The most important thing in the case of a suspected broken finger is to stabilise the digit as much as possible. This can be done by making a makeshift splint. Most first-aid kits should have something suitable for this purpose. If not, improvise with a piece of stiff cardboard or something similar. Place the splint under the injured finger and ensure that the adjacent finger held up against it.
Wrap both fingers with sterile gauze and secure firmly. Make sure the dressing is firm but not so tight as to cut off the circulation. This should be sufficient until treatment from a medical professional can be given.
How to Treat Minor Burns
By treating a minor burn as quickly as possible, the chances of long-lasting damage to the skin are greatly reduced. First, remove any clothing or jewelry that is near the burn. If clothing is stuck to the burn, do not try to remove it. Instead, wait for a medical professional.
The burn should be treated with cool or lukewarm water but never with ice. Next, put layers of cling film over the burn but avoid wrapping it around. Clear plastic bags which are clean are ideal for burns which occur on the hands. This should be sufficient until the patient can be seen by a medical professional.
While the tips given here are useful for treating minor injuries as they occur, the advice of medical professionals should always be sought if there is any doubt as to the seriousness of an incident.