Total Rail Solutions (TRS) the complete rail service provider has installed 10 x Defibrillators into a selection of its Road Rail Vehicle (RRV) fleet and Welfare Units.
The company recognises that working, in particular on the rail network, operatives, in many cases are working some distance from site access points. Should they fall ill with a heart condition that requires resuscitation, the chance of survival is greatly increased if a defibrillator can be quickly mobilised and utilised.
Heart disease accounts for 25% of all deaths in the UK, a person dies of heart disease every three minutes. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease and is the most common cause of heart attack, it was the single biggest killer of both men and women worldwide in 2019.
Around 1.4 million people are alive today in the UK having survived a heart attack. The number of defibrillators has grown steadily, with the total number now in excess of 10,000. If a defibrillator is administered within the first 3-5 minutes of an arrest, the likelihood of survival is as high as 74%.
Total Rail Solutions CEO Paul Bateman said “This is an important issue for our people and the people working on the rail and infrastructure projects we work on. My father suffered a heart attack, thankfully a passing off-duty paramedic administered a defibrillator and saved his life. So I truly understand why this is the right thing to do for the business, our people and their families”.
In addition to the new units being positioned into the Total Rail Solutions fleet, the company has previously installed defibrillators in its various plant yards.
The TRS field teams will all receive training on the how to use the units, in addition when the units are opened clear, calm and concise commentary from the unit, talks the person who is administering through the process.
A short accompanying video to this piece can be viewed here, where Total Rail Solutions Head of Engineering Gareth Phillips demonstrates.
The final piece will be to register the devices on the British Heart Foundation ‘Circuit’ so that should there be a need the nearest units can be located.
Paul concluded “The best return on investment is that we never have to use any of the units we have purchased. However, should an episode occur, we are prepared with a plan that could save a life”.