Emergency Response - National Safety Council

Emergency Response

4% of Non-roadway Fatalities*

Professionals in emergency response roles face a number of workplace safety challenges. They support a wide variety of different hazardous situations, such as fires, car crashes, explosions and natural disasters, which can include earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. **

The information in each section below is listed in the order of relevance to the hazardous situation.


Situational risks – inherent to the situation or proximate cause of injury
  • Fires
  • Struck by vehicle or equipment
  • Explosions
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Fall to lower level
  • Intentional physical violence to colleague
Systemic risks – contribute to injury but are not direct causes
  • Lack of training
  • Leadership failure
  • Lack of workplace awareness
  • Low visibility
  • Fatigue
  • Improper PPE
Relevant Technology Solutions
  • Digital floorplan and mapping
  • Panic or alert buttons
  • Body-worn cameras

* Safety Technology 2020: Mapping Technology Solutions for Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities in the Workplace

**NIOSH Profile

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