Whether driving the ambulance through heavy traffic or responding to a potentially dangerous scene, safety is always front of mind for Paramedics and leadership team of St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD]. Last week, the District was recognized as a 2016 WorkSAFE Workplace of the Year by Missouri Employers Mutual [MEM] – an honor bestowed upon only 18 of MEM’s 15,000 policy holders in the state.
Noted by MEM were SCCAD’s active Safety Committee, excellent claims management practices and the ongoing investment of equipment and training to benefit the safety of not only patients, but employees as well. Recent investments include reconfigured ambulance patient compartments that enable Paramedics to remain belted while providing care, a mandatory Escaping Violent Encounters course that teaches de-escalation techniques and defensive maneuvers, and transfer devices that promote safe lifting.
“At SCCAD, we consider our employees to be our greatest resource, and as such, must continually evaluate what we can do to provide a safe, secure work environment,” said Chief Taz Meyer, who serves as Vice Chair of EMS Safety Program Committee for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
To select WorkSafe winners, MEM employs a nomination process, followed by review board evaluation. Ultimately, SCCAD was one of only 18 agencies selected for 2016.