A roll of electrical tape and some paper towels are all you ever need, right?
Every shop, truck, job box, job trailer, and jobsite should have a construction first aid kit in it. Even if you are careful, accidents do happen; and sometimes it’s not your accident that causes your injury! Every worker should have a kit like this in their truck – and then we’re covered, right? Not necessarily. Kits like this one are great for a knuckle scrape, or a cut – but you might want to get some things to add to it.
Move beyond the basics for a construction first aid kit.
I hope you never have to pick up your (or someone else’s) finger – but if you do, it would be great if your construction first aid kit had the following:
- Cold Pack
- Water Pack
- 4×4 Gauze Pads
- Clean Quart and Gallon Freezer Bags
I’m not a doctor, but if I was with someone who cut off some fingers, I’d use the water to dampen the 4×4 gauze, put them in the quart freezer bag and put in the digits, seal that one up, and put in the bigger bag with the cold pack around it. That’s much better than putting them in the bag that was just holding someone’s sandwich for the day (seriously I’ve heard of that!). If the bleeding is too bad, QuikClot will slow it majorly.
Here are a few other things that I’d add to your construction first aid kit:
- Eye Wash Cup and Solution
- Burn Gel or Burn Pads
What do you think? Share your most important items from your construction first aid kit in the comments below.