First aid warning in Olympics run up

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EMPLOYERS on Wearside are urged to ensure they have proper first aid cover in place for the Olympics.

St John Ambulance is advising businesses to start preparing now for disruption likely from the games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Workers will be taking time off to join in the celebrations, spanning the arrival of the Olympic torch flame in May to the Paralympics in September.

Jubilee celebrations look set to cause further workplace disruption, as thousands plan celebrations across the country, or head for the capital over the weekend of June 2 to 5.

Fred Owen, of St John Ambulance North East said: “This is a momentous year for the UK and the last thing we want is to see any of these celebrations falling at the first hurdle due to workplace injuries.

“Not only is it a legal requirement to have adequate first aid cover in place, but when you consider that first aid training is very often the difference between a life lost and a life saved, it’s also one of the greatest ways employers can demonstrate their commitment to their staff.”

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