It is most common in construction work, where workers frequently work at heights and are required to wear fall arrest harnesses.
Causes of suspension trauma
Suspension trauma is caused by the pooling of blood in the legs and feet when a person is suspended in a harness. This pooling of blood reduces blood flow to the brain and other vital organs, which can lead to several health problems, including:
Factors which increase the risk of suspension injury trauma
How to prevent suspension injury trauma
Treatment for suspension injury trauma
If someone experiences suspension trauma, it is important to get them to a safe place and lay them down with their legs elevated. If the person is unconscious, call emergency services immediately.
Once the person is in a safe position, you can begin to monitor their vital signs and provide first aid. If the person is conscious, you can give them fluids and help them to cool down. If the person is unconscious, you can perform CPR until help arrives.
There are also several things that workers can do to prevent suspension trauma, such as minimising the amount of time spent suspended in a harness, taking breaks, and staying hydrated. Employers also have a responsibility to protect their workers from suspension trauma by providing them with the proper safety training and equipment.
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Working at height is any work that is performed above ground level and where there
Construction sites are busy and hazardous places, with heavy machinery and workers operating in close
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