We are extremely saddened to hear the inquest outcomes of the young girl Michaela-Clare Gonda who was retrieved from a pool as she waited for her swimming lesson to start in May, 2017. Full story https://bit.ly/2Cc54Lv
The inquest found the child did not drown but suffered a cardiac arrhythmia while swimming.
Could her life have been saved? Sadly we’ll never know as major failings occurred. Staff began chest compression’s and brought the defibrillator to the scene but could not use it because the battery was low, the court heard.
It’s imperative that workplaces look after their equipment and have robust safety management systems in place and we urge you to take action now and check your defibrillator.
Like any piece of equipment introduced into the workplace employers have responsibilities to ensure that they are complying with PUWER Regulations (Provision Use of Workplace Equipment Regulations) and also provide training for employees in the safe use and maintenance of defibrillators in your workplace.
Essential 6 provide defibrillators and defibrillator training courses across the UK. Contact us for more information.