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Contractor's life saved after defib move

17 September 2015

A decision to install an automated external defibrillator (AED) and the prompt actions of a colleague have saved the life of a contractor who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at an industrial site in Coatbridge.

The Powerheart AED from Cardiac Science was used within five minutes by a member of staff, saving the contractor’s life.

Due to the nature of the environment, the use of heavy plant machinery and the number of staff, contractors and customers at the site daily, Russell McGowan, Health & Safety Manager at Patersons Quarries Ltd, approached Cardiac Science to supply its defibrillators.

Russell McGowan said: "We have over 60 people on site every day, so the decision to deploy an AED was a sensible precaution.”

Staff at the site received training on the Powerheart AED from Cathy Newlands who has been a trainer for one of Scotland’s largest independent first aid at work training providers, Stewart First Aid Training, since 2005.

Cathy said: "We have been working with Cardiac Science for over seven years, so we know how rugged and durable their Powerheart model is, which is why we recommend it for construction, manufacturing and engineering environments.”

Russell added: "We take safety across our group extremely seriously and I would urge other businesses to install an AED. It can and does save lives.”

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