Lightning safety is a necessity

June 17, 2009

Came across a great article from the USA Today that highlights the importance of having a lightning detector handy. We have a lightning detector that can alert you to lightning strikes up to 40 miles away! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Christina Bryan was winding down her workday at a golf course in Celina, Ohio. After waiting out a thunderstorm in the clubhouse, and as the sun re-emerged, she headed for the driving range to collect golf bag stands — her final task of the day — when a lightning bolt struck her and sent the then-17-year-old into cardiac arrest.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and saved Christina’s life. But her brain had been deprived of oxygen for more than 10 minutes, resulting in significant physical disabilities. Nine years later, Christina is in a wheelchair, barely able to move her arms and head, and unable to speak.

I can see how being properly prepared for personal safety in the event of an emergency can seem like a complicated task. First aid kit, plus a lightning detector, plus an AED, etc. That’s why having a simple

Emergency Instruction Device (EID)

Emergency Instruction Device (EID)

solution that combines all the components you need already into a self-contained emergency treatment system can make any emergency situation much more calm and organized. Combine that with our Emergency Instruction Device and you can be at ease knowing you’ve done everything you can to be prepared for your family and friends.

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NEW First Voice Emergency Instruction Device! (part 2 of 5) on Vimeo

June 15, 2009

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We’re really excited to be launching the newly redesigned First Voice Emergency Instruction Device (EID)! So much so that our President/CEO of Think Safe, Paula Wickham, grabbed a camera and shot this walk-through for you.

The award-winning EID is designed to effectively coach users on hundreds of first aid emergencies from start to finish. In the event of an emergency, this simple, easy-to-use touch pad gives direction on how to respond quickly and accurately. Making minutes matter.

Stay tuned for the total walk-through of the most comprehensive way you can keep yourself, your children and the people in your life safe. Three more parts to come!


NEW First Voice Emergency Instruction Device! (part 1 of 5)

June 12, 2009

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Vodpod videos no longer available.

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We’re really excited to be launching the newly redesigned First Voice Emergency Instruction Device (EID)! So much so that our President/CEO of Think Safe, Paula Wickham, grabbed a camera and shot this walk-through for you.

The award-winning EID is designed to effectively coach users on hundreds of first aid emergencies from start to finish. In the event of an emergency, this simple, easy-to-use touch pad gives direction on how to respond quickly and accurately. Making minutes matter.

There are four more parts to this video – adding up to 5 😛 – so stay tuned for the total walk-through of the most comprehensive way you can keep yourself, your children and the people in your life safe.


2009 Saxcies Finalists Announced!

June 12, 2009

We want to send a big congratulations to all the 2009 Saxcies  Finalists.

The Saxcies™ honor SafetyXChange members, both individuals and companies, for outstanding achievement and dedication to workplace health and safety.

The Saxcies™ recognize and reward excellence in 5 categories:

  • Safety Program of the Year
  • Safety Hero of the Year
  • SafetyXChange Contributor of the Year
  • Safety Trainer of the Year
  • The Henshaw Award for Corporate Leadership in Safety

Think Safe won the award for Best New Safety Product in 2006 for Self-contained Emergency Treatment System. JumpBag SET System (#FV3101)

Here’s an excerpt talking about Think Safe from 2006 Saxcies: The Winners:

It was a great choice. First Voice started with an observation. Annette Carter was a flight nurse who responded to medical emergencies. When she’d touch down at the scene of an emergency, she’d find more often than not that the victim had received no, inadequate or even harmful treatment. The problem: People on the scene lacked the information and supplies necessary to stabilize the victim until help could arrive. Sadly, therefore, opportunities to save the victim’s life or prevent serious injury were lost. Nurse Carter saw how the AED had saved victims of cardiac arrest. A light bulb went off. “Let’s use the same concept and technology to save victims of other kinds of medical emergency,” she resolved.

The result is First Voice. First Voice provides a series of interactive Yes/No verbal prompts for more than 30 medical emergencies including burns, broken bones, HAZMAT incidents, severe bleeding and CPR. Like an AED, it empowers a person on the scene to provide lifesaving first aid, even if that person has absolutely no training. It even comes with pre-packaged supplies.

We won one of their prestigious helmets.

We won one of their prestigious helmets.

To learn more about the JumpBag SET System – or any of the other 13 – you can do so at the Think Safe site or feel free to reach out via Twitter, email or call at 888-473-1777.


Snake Puts the Aqueeze on A Worker…and the Worker Bites Back!

June 11, 2009

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Our June edition of Safe Supervisor came in and there is a pretty interesting story in it. Normally I would love to tell you about how our Emergency Instruction Device (EID) helps people know how to handle a bite or sting emergency with step-by-step audio/visual instructions in English or Spanish, but in this article Kenya’s Ben Nyaumbe figured out how to manhandle his way out of a 13-foot python’s mouth!

The snake coiled itself around one of Ben Nyaumbe’s legs when he accidentally stepped on it. The serpent then dragged Nyaumbe up a tree and tried to swallow him. Luckily, the worker was able to use his cell phone to call for help, but he had to resort to some desperate measures before anyone arrived.

Nyaumbe used his shirt to cover the snake’s head as it tried to swallow him and finally resorted to biting it on its tail after it wrapped itself around his upper body.python

The story got international attention, being reported all over the net. You can also see the article as reported from the BBC here.

Major props to Ben for his quick thinking and fast action! Half of me is totally grossed out by the story, the other half thinks it’s funny. I’m having a hard time imagining what I would do in this instance. I came across a python once on a trail in China, but I was able to run away like a little girl then. What would you do in this case? Leave a comment below.

-Will


When an emergency happens, what do you want on hand?

June 9, 2009

Think Safe works hard to make and supply the most comprehensive and easy-to-use emergency response tools and training. We know a lot about the industry and the reasons why it’s so important to be prepared. But when something happens to you, what do you want on hand most?


BMW’s Emergency Stop Assist stops vehicles in a medical emergency

June 8, 2009

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We are always striving to merge technology and software solutions with first aid to provide innovative ways to be fully prepared for any emergency first aid and CPR situation. Looks like BMW is looking to do that as well! I think the new concept would be fully comprehensive if they threw in a Emergency Instruction Device.

Emergency Instruction Device (EID)

Emergency Instruction Device (EID)

Then the passenger would know exactly what to do until the emergency rescue arrived (which can take up to 8 minutes or more!) because they have access to certified, step-by-step, audible instructions on how to deal with any first aid or CPR emergency.

Chris Shunk at autoblog posted this on June 5th about the BMW Emergency Stop Assist concept:

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Senior citizens who are at heightened risk for heart attack and strokes or those with diabetes often stop driving to keep both themselves and other motorists safe in the event that they have a medical issue while behind the wheel. Others ignore the risk factors and continue to drive until something happens to themselves or others, while still others often suffer completely unforeseen medical events. Regardless of whether you are young or old, sick or healthy, BMW is working on a new safety system called Emergency Stop Assistant which will safely bring one’s vehicle to a stop during a medical calamity.

According to BMW, its new experimental system will sense medical dangers for the driver. When a serious medical issue is detected, the system will switch over to an autonomous driving mode to safely stop the vehicle out of harm’s way. The system is currently in development, and it promises to turn on the hazard lights, utilize radar tech to navigate the Bimmer through traffic, then slow the vehicle to a stop once it finds the shoulder. BMW’s existing Extended Emergency Call system would then call emergency services and provide the location of the vehicle. The system, if brought to production, could save lives while also giving those with medical issues peace of mind.

BMW is testing its Emergency Stop Assistant system as part of Smart Senior, a project launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany. Official press release after the jump.

You can read Chris’ article and view BMW’s press release here.