I saw that story about a worker discouraged from giving CPR to a dying co-worker and thought I'd share a totally different version of that kind of story from a few years ago.
So my name comes from the fact that I worked at a theatre/public park when I was in high school. Great place, outdoors and open, with lots of hills and sights to explore and picnic on pre-show. Now I'd been working there for two years (one volunteer and one paid) and it was my LAST day. My very last. It was after lunch (and our day ended at 3) so I was only a few hours away from being done forever. I got the easy job of standing at an intersection in the hiking path and directing people the right way. Cushy, fun, and relaxing.
All of a sudden a man ran up to me in a panic. Turns out a boy was running around and fell and hit his head on the asphalt road. I'm all alone, so I radio-ed for my boss (who was an adult) and got one of the other patrons to call 911. I sat with the mother holding her son - I'll never forget, he had to be about 6 and his face almost seemed blue. And she just kept asking me to do something. Now, I was in uniform, radio, badges, everything, and I'm a Girl Scout, but I hadn't had CPR or First Aid training in over 2 years and I was 17! Our job had no system for handling medical crises besides radio-ing for help, no first aid/CPR training or anything.
To this day, I don't remember the ambulance arriving. It's just blank between when I radio-ed and when I sat down in the employee lounge after it was all over. The boy turned out to be fine once the paramedics came and my boss actually was really impressed by how I handled things, but on my exit interview I told her that I should have been given First Aid training when I joined, and that I had felt useless.
Her response: "If you had First Aid training, you would have felt responsible for treating that boy instead of getting help right away. That's no burden we ever want you guys to have."
I know it's a totally different situation - they called 911 right away, my boss did have First Aid training, and I was underage. But it's always stuck with me that, Good Samaritan Laws aside, no matter how worried I was, I probably couldn't have helped him. In a way, I'm glad my training was so long ago I didn't try to remember correct procedure well enough to attempt it.
I'm not saying you shouldn't help someone, of course! I am a Girl Scout after all! I'm just saying that yes, sometimes companies are jerks about helping others because they don't want to get sued. But sometimes workplace rules about First Aid have a purpose. Thoughts?
(Also, compare that to your last day at a job!)
Till Next Time!