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Roadside safety for emergency medical services safety talk

Roadside safety for emergency medical services safety talk

Responding to an incident on the highway is one of the biggest risks emergency medical services (EMS) face. Working on the road near high speed traffic can pose a serious threat.

Safety tips for EMS when responding to a roadside incident:

  • Ensure the vehicle is pulled into a safe location and put in PARK
  • Always wear your seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion
  • Turn on vehicle warning lights
  • Before exiting the vehicle look for any hazards such as downed power lines, drop off etc.
  • Wear high visibility clothing when working a roadside incident
  • Put out cones with reflective material to warn and steer traffic away from area
  • Place signs, light boards, flares etc. ahead of the area to warn traffic
  • Be aware of traffic when exiting the vehicle
  • Only exit the vehicle when safe to do so and try to stay behind the vehicle or on the side away from traffic as much as possible


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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