Smith Bros always had a heart – but we protect them as well!
2020 has been a tough year for everyone, but it’s also helped to shine a light on the importance of health and wellbeing. That’s why we thought it was important to talk about our investment into life-saving technology.
Committed to keeping our staff safe – both on site and in the office – we’ve made some significant adjustments to our policies, procedures, and procurement over the past 12 months. These changes are not just about stopping the spread of COVID-19 but ‘protecting our people’ long into the future.
With that in mind, we’re now outsourcing some of our H&S infrastructure, and have signed a new partnership with Defib Machines. The firm will look after the supply of all our Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), ensuring there is one available on every site across the country.
With cardiac arrest being the biggest cause of death in the UK – and the nature of our work involving electricity – an AED increases the chances of survival from less than 5% without one to over 80% if used within the first five minutes.
This increases to over 90% when used within 60 seconds of a cardiac arrest.
Sadly, cardiac arrest can strike without any warning signs and can affect anyone, at any time and any age. With over 140,000 deaths each year in the UK alone, a number of these might have been a different story if an AED had been available.
Darrell Johnson, SHEQ manager at Smith Brothers explained: “We’ve partnered with Defib Machines for that ultimate peace of mind when it comes to potentially life-saving technology. The company provides a full service and maintenance package, as well as being a national organisation – meaning they can take care of every site we have across the length and breadth of the UK.
And, although having the equipment available is important, we wanted to make sure our colleagues knew how to use the device when ‘in the moment’. So, we’re offering full training to all Smith Brothers Contracting staff – something that will remain with them for life.
In addition, refresher courses are provided during regular site visits, which also include machine servicing, to ensure it’s in full, working order.
“While we hope these devices never have to be used, we are safe in the knowledge that in the event an AED is needed – there will be one close by,” concluded Darrell.