Safety milestone could save lives

lifesaver: 3M first aiders Ray Naylor, Richard Higginson and Paul Wilson with occupational health nurse Karen Ashton and the defibrillator
lifesaver: 3M first aiders Ray Naylor, Richard Higginson and Paul Wilson with occupational health nurse Karen Ashton and the defibrillator

Clitheroe’s 3M manufacturing site at Upbrooks has marked reaching a safety milestone with the purchase of potentially life-saving equipment.

The site, which makes valves and components for asthma inhalers, celebrated two years without a single lost time injury accident among its workforce. To mark the achievement, the site has now bought its own defibrillator machine that can help revive someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

The machine is kept by a central stairwell at the site and around 30 first-aiders have been trained in how to use it.

Stephen Hanna, the site’s Environment, Health and Safety engineer, said the machine had been purchased after discussions with the first-aiders about the best way to mark the two-year safety milestone.

“The defibrillator is a fully automatic device that analyses the rhythm of the person’s heart and sends out an electric charge across the heart if it’s necessary,” he explained.

“Obviously we hope it will never be needed, but having it to hand could prove life-saving in an emergency.”