Our Infrastructure team has fitted its first defibrillators at our Warrington Burdens branch, after a suggestion from a colleague.

Burdens colleague Dan Maxwell made the suggestion that the kit should be part of our first aid abilities on site after going on a training course to be a first aider.

Defibrillators are devices that restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart. They are used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia, a heartbeat that is uneven or that is too slow or too fast. Defibrillators can also restore the heart's beating if the heart suddenly stops.

Dan thought that having these fitted in our branches would be the right thing to do, given they can save lives. His idea was passed to the Infrastructure Health and Safety Committee, who agreed. 

Dan and his colleagues at Warrington have been trained to use the defibrillator by the local St John's Ambulance in Warrington.  Other units will now be fitted across our other Infrastructure branches in the next few months, with colleagues trained in their use as we roll them out. 

The suggestion was welcomed by our Infrastructure Managing Director, Keith Dorling.

Keith said: "I'm really pleased that Dan took the time to make this suggestion and pass it on to our health and safety committee so we could put it into action. This is exactly the kind of thinking we really encourage with regards to our health, wellbeing and safety at work."