Training to save lives at work

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NORTH East employers are being urged to equip their staff with lifesaving skills.

Research by St John Ambulance has revealed 79 per cent of businesses have periods when there are no first aiders on the premises.

The charity can give employees the practical skills and knowledge needed to prevent or deal with an emergency situation in the workplace.

In 2011, 4,682 people in Northumberland, Tyneside and Wearside completed an on-site first aid or safety course run by St John Ambulance.

Sunderland greyhound stadium staff recently had first aid training.

Joanne Burn, assistant operations manager at Sunderland Dogs, said: “Although it’s very rare for us to have an incident here, as with any business that welcomes the public on to their premises, it’s extremely important for our staff to be thoroughly trained in every aspect of first aid.”

Fred Owen, regional training manager for St John Ambulance North East, said: “This is about employers giving staff the vital skills which could mean they may be the difference between a life lost and a life saved when faced with an emergency in the workplace or at home.”

Call 0844 324 5535 or visit www.sja.org.uk/onsite.