Unfortunately, workplace accidents do happen. And they can often be difficult to deal with, both emotionally but also from a purely technical point of view. We sat down with Jacob who told us about an incident at his workplace.
A story from Jacob
This is something that happened some time ago, when I was going to do a job in an industry in the North of Sweden. There are normally many different sub-constructors working on the same job site, doing different jobs.
I myself work as a service technician in ventilation and was there to carry out a job when I learnt that one of the people on the site had fallen from a beam. The situation seemed serious, and it was difficult to find out who the person in question was, which shift he belonged to and whether he even spoke Swedish – Foreign subcontractors are very common.
It all resulted in an ambulance being called and colleagues, while waiting for the ambulance, having to do their best to communicate with the injured man who did not seem to respond to calls. Afterwards, it turned out that the person in question was a foreign worker working for one of the subcontractors, and that his entire family was in his home country. Thankfully, he seemed to have fully recovered. In retrospect, I think it would have been good to know more about the man, he was after all a colleague, and that he didn’t speak Swedish – and therefore might have had difficulty responding to calls. I also think about his family, if they had time to get worried before they heard anything from him.
twICEme exists to facilitate rescue responses
The construction as well as the industrial sector are two of the most dangerous industries to work in. Statistics from OSHA shows that in 2020, 4,764 workers died on the job (3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers). Workers in transportation and material moving occupations and construction and extraction occupations accounted for 47,4% of all fatal occupational injuries.
twICEme can’t prevent accidents from occurring. But what we can do is help those who will help you if an accident happens. Getting the right help quickly after an accident can be a life or death difference. By turning a helmet or piece of equipment into a source of information, twICEme provides bystanders with the answers they need to make the best decisions, when it’s needed the most. By simply tapping the twICEme symbol with a smartphone, the first person on the scene can access an incapacitated user’s uploaded profile, which may include fields such as medical history, personal identifiers, ICE contacts, insurance information and exact coordinates.
Words from twICEme
We are sharing the stories of our users to highlight different events to underline the importance of helping a friend in need and how twICEme can be helpful in the event of an accident. In the best of worlds, we have removed all risk of workplace accidents, and everyone can go to work with peace of mind. That is why twICEme actively work with the industry to raise safety awareness on construction and industrial sites.