+F First Aid

These +F First Aid blogs are useful to those who work for, or are contractors to, the forestry and land management sectors. These will include hints and tips about first aid skills, dealing with accidents, and emergency planning in remote settings. All these skills are taught on our +F First Aid courses.

Forestry Commission requires all first aid courses to contain a plus Forestry (+F) element. This includes content like majors blood loss management, Lyme Disease, hypothermia, crush injuries and emergency planning.

Each blog in this category is full of content designed to help practical workers deal with stressful first aid situations in forestry or agricultural environments.

Our first aid courses are practical and hands on. The best way to learn a practical skill is to do it!

Agricultural incidents; safety and use of machinery

Agricultural and Forestry incidents; safety and use of machinery Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed agriculture as the most dangerous industry in the UK. The headline figures make challenging reading: A total of 27 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded across the UK in 2016 Farm workers are 18 times more likely…

Forestry Contractors & Workers: Your First Aid Legal Requirements

The Forestry Commission set a policy for first aid training required by all contractors working on their sites. All contractors (forestry clearance, fencing, planting, surveyors and haulers) need to demonstrate they comply with their First Aid Policy. This applies to self-employed contractors as well as companies. Essentially, contractors need to show that they have: Assessed…

Agriculture and forestry accidents

Agriculture and forestry are high-risk careers. Agriculture and forestry accidents are commonplace. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures show that the agriculture and forestry sectors are the highest risk occupations in the UK. In 2016/17 this sector had 27 fatal injuries with 13,000 non- fatal injuries occurring. Most businesses now carry out risk assessments to…

What Makes Forestry First Aid Different to Conventional First Aid at Work?

The Forestry Commission recommends those who work in Forestry attend training that includes additional topics relevant to the risks and nature or their work. These courses use the abbreviation +F after the main course title. The Forestry Commission recommended topics include: Severe bleeding (i.e. chainsaw injury) Crush injury Hypothermia Lyme Disease It must be noted…

‘Suspension Trauma’ first aid advice

Advice for first-aiders responding to harness suspension incidents. In 2008 the Health and Safety Executive produced an evidence based review of published medical literature, which clarified guidance on the first aid management of a person falling into suspension in a harness who may develop ‘suspension trauma’. The key recommendations are: No change should be made…

Tourniquets and Haemostatic Dressings

Tourniquets and haemostatic dressings for big blood loss management In this article we will examine the use of Israeli bandages, tourniquets and haemostaic /clotting bandages. Uncontrolled/uncontrollable bleeding is the most preventable cause of deaths on both the battlefield and the streets. Studies show up to 50% of combat fatalities and 39% of civilian trauma fatalities…

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