South Liverpool firm invests in lifesaving training and equipment for staff

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the UK and Palace Chemicals managing director  Charlie Clapham says its has affected the family and friends of a number of his team

Mike Mackin, with the defibrillator at Palace Chemicals

 

South Liverpool chemical firm Palace Chemicals is introducing staff training and equipment that could one day save someone’s life.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the UK and Palace managing director  Charlie Clapham says its has affected the family and friends of a number of his team.

The Speke business employs 80 people so Mr Clapham has invested in a defibrillator to ensure it is prepared for a such an eventuality. He is also sending several members of staff on first aid training in 2018, including how to use the equipment.

He said: “We felt that it was vitally important to get a defibrillator on site at our offices in Speke. A number of our staff have friends and family members who have suffered a cardiac arrest, so this issue is close to our hearts.

The very best chance of survival for a person suffering a cardiac arrest is immediate access to a defibrillator, and studies have shown that the use of a defibrillator can increase survival rates by as much as 75%.

Palace Chemicals is now encouraging other businesses to do the same and purchase these lifesaving pieces of equipment to protect their workers.

Sales director Simon Clough added: “Palace Chemicals takes the well-being of its employees very seriously.”

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