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Critical Incident Debriefing

  • 1.  Critical Incident Debriefing

    Posted 01-10-2018 18:44
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    On Monday afternoon, one of our crew members collapsed on the jobsite.  Two of his co-workers administered CPR until emergency services arrived, he left the site with a pulse and was later conscious at the hospital.  I did an initial debrief with the 4 co-workers who were with him at the time that evening.  Later that night, he passed away.  Arriving at the office yesterday morning faced with the task of telling his co-workers, those that were with him and the many others he has worked with over the past two years, was a daunting task.  Thankfully, I knew who to call and Cal Beyer guided me through the process.  I wanted to share the resources that were so helpful to me yesterday with everyone so that the next company faced with this situation has them available.

    The company I used to have a counselor onsite and then set up an 800 number for our employees to call to talk to a counselor for the next month is R3 Continuum - (866) 927-0184, R3 Continuum: Ready, Respond, Recover

    This article that Cal co-authored was very helpful, as was the attached document that we distributed to the employees.

    I don't wish this situation on any company, but wanted to at least pay forward the great work of Cal should it be helpful to others.

    Michelle Walker CCIFP, SPHR
    Vice President Finance & Administration
    Specialized Services Co.
    Phoenix AZ
    (602) 997-6164

  • 2.  RE: Critical Incident Debriefing

    Posted 01-11-2018 11:32
    Michelle, so sorry for you, your staff and the family of your employee.  Thank you for sharing the resources for a quick and appropriate response.

    We don't want to think about the unfortunate things that can happen and often don't want to over prepare for things that might not happen.  One of our employees had a massive heart attack at the office this past summer.  Fortunately our Safety director was nearby and administered CPR followed by 40 minutes of resuscitation by the paramedics before taking him to the hospital.  We consider it a miracle that he survived and is back working full time, but the outcome could have been so different.

    Our employees still had to deal with a level of shock and grief at what happened.  I think it is important that we are prepared to deal with loss not only on the job, but also with the inevitable loss our coworkers will experience in their personal lives.

    Tracey Fenolio CPA, CCIFP
    FCL Builders, LLC
    Itasca IL
    (847) 209-7203

  • 3.  RE: Critical Incident Debriefing

    Posted 01-11-2018 11:39

    Thank you for generously sharing these resources with us at this difficult time. We are keeping your staff and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

    [Rita] [Kelly]
    [TeamMulticom, Inc.]
    [Phoenix] [AZ]