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Traffic safety for emergency medical service workers

Traffic safety for emergency medical service workers safety talk

Emergency medical service (EMS) professionals are called out 24/7 and must react right away. One of the biggest risks during this phase is driving. EMS workers must navigate traffic, weather, unsuspecting drivers etc.

Below is a look at safety tips for maneuvering to the scene:

  • Vehicle should be prepared before a call with all items in their appropriate places
  • All persons in the vehicle should have on a seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion
  • Do not operate a cell phone while driving
  • Limit conversation while in route to an incident
  • Drive cautiously and assume that other drivers are unaware of the situation
  • Never exceed posted speed limits and slow down when there is heavy traffic, when crossing an intersection, construction, poor weather conditions, poor visibility etc.
  • Stop at every intersection
  • Stop at railroads and look both ways
  • Do not follow other vehicles too closely
  • If a spotter is used for backing, they should always be looking at the vehicle and never standing with their back turned


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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