Defibrillator at Lancs Trade Saving lives
In 2017, Lancashire Trade Frames purchased and installed a new and automated external defibrillator (AED) for use by the factory and surrounding community in Bury. The purchase was prompted by an incident that the Managing Director of the window fabrication business, Mark Rowland, freely admits shook him up. An employee suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while on site, and it was only due to the quick thinking and first-aid skills of another employee, 21 year old Liam, a trained first aider, that a tragedy was avoided.
Defibrillation is a treatment for life-threatening cardiac arrests used to shock the heart to stop an extremely rapid, irregular heartbeat and restore it to its natural rhythm. After learning that early defibrillation can make a significant difference to survival rates and that only minimal training is required to use an AED, the business made the purchase. The equipment is lightweight, portable and simple to use, with the device guiding the user throughout. By analysing heart rhythms, administering an electrical charge when necessary and instructing in the use of CPR, these defibrillators can save lives.
Devastatingly, in May 2020 another incident has occurred with a Lancashire Trade Frames team member suffering a cardiac arrest. Once again, due to the quick action another tragedy was avoided.
Mark Rowland, Managing Director of Lancashire Trade Frames commented: “access to defibrillators on site can mean the difference between life and death. A big thank you to everyone who has asked after our employee. It’s a long road to recovery but the first positive steps are in place. I want to reiterate to the community that our defibrillator is available for public use whenever it’s needed.”
Lancashire Trade Frames are based at Lancashire House on Woodhill Road in Bury and can be contacted on 0161 762 5800.