Im­prove safety on con­struc­tion work sites

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

ST JOHN Am­bu­lance Qld is an­nounc­ing plans to work closely with lo­cal busi­nesses af­ter new re­search re­vealed that 81% of peo­ple in Queens­land want Au­to­matic Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tors (AED) to be made manda­tory in the work­place.

A Galaxy Re­search rep­re­sen­ta­tive sur­vey of 1000 adults showed that just un­der one quar­ter (24%) of work­places have an AED in­stalled, with two-thirds (75%) of em­ploy­ees hav­ing re­ceived no training in how to use one.

The find­ings come as Aus­tralia en­ters Na­tional Safe Work Month, aim­ing to im­prove aware­ness of work health and safety mea­sures cur­rently prac­ticed by em­ploy­ers.

St John Am­bu­lance Queens­land CEO Alex Hut­ton said hav­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor on site and an ad­e­quate num­ber of trained first aiders is the best way to en­sure em­ploy­ees are safe in the event of a work­place emer­gency.

“While a de­fib­ril­la­tor is not com­pul­sory, it is a vi­tal piece of emer­gency first aid equip­ment and the only de­fin­i­tive first aid treat­ment for car­diac ar­rest. Safe and healthy work­places can also boost staff morale, lower lev­els of ab­sen­teeism and en­cour­age higher or­gan­i­sa­tional com­mit­ment.”

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