Urban Cottage Industries invests in an AED and first aid training for all staff

Last year 173 workers in the UK were killed and 111,164 suffered a major injury at work. The UK Health and Safety Executive’s guidance suggests one trained first-aider for between five and 50 employees, a ratio inadequate to Urban Cottage Industries; “What happens if the first-aider is on holiday or two people get injured in the same incident?”

Urban Cottage Industries, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of vintage lighting and print products, ensure every member of staff is certified in emergency first aid by guaranteeing all new employees complete the 6 hour emergency first-aid course. They also stop work for an afternoon every three months for refresher training.

Having found out about Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA), it was decided that everyone at Urban Cottage Industries should receive emergency first aid training; “Why on earth would we skimp on what might be a life-saving benefit to each other, our families and our communities?”

The Yorkshire based business decided to invest in an AED locator after discovering the unequivocal medical evidence that a combination of CPR and AED offer the best chance of survival. Stanley Wilson says; “£1,000 for a British made AED and a couple of hundred more for regular training in how to use it would seem like good value for money to someone having a heart attack, their nearest, dearest or work colleagues”

Urban Cottage Industries are fortunate no employee OHCA’s have happened but it’s enough with national statistics to take the well-being of their employees and customers seriously.

More information about how to survive a cardiac arrest and what Urban Cottage Industries does to prepare should an accident occur can be found here: http://www.urbancottageindustries.com/blog/first-aid/

It is strongly advised that you attend a Practical First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit www.firstaidforlife.org.uk  and www.onlinefirstaid.com for more information about our practical and online courses and to access free resources.

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