Lifesaving project receives special award

A special commendation has been awarded to Redrow Homes for a project to place more than 100 lifesaving defibrillators at its housing developments across the UK.

The developer was singled out for recognition at the NHBC Health and Safety Awards for its new scheme, which gives staff, contractors and the local community access to the equipment in the event of a medical emergency.

A spokesperson for the National House Building Council (NHBC) said:

“The judges were impressed when they heard that the company had introduced AED’s, also known as automated external defibrillators, onto almost all of their sites following the death of a site manager from a sudden cardiac arrest. The judges felt that this provision was a valuable and worthwhile enhancement to the on-site first aid facility and that it deserved to be commended.”

Three Redrow sites also scooped Highly Commended Awards in the Large Builder category for two sites in Lancashire – Harbour Village in Fleetwood and The Coppice in Banks near Southport – plus the Compton Park development in Wolverhampton.

The special commendation came shortly after Redrow reached the final of the St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes awards in the ‘Organisation of the Year for First Aid Excellence’ category.

Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading homebuilders, directly employing 1,550 people and providing work for around 7,000 contractors each month. Around 40 percent of Redrow’s current direct workforce hold a first aid qualification and in the last 12 months alone 123 staff members have undertaken training or a refresher course.

Over the last year, the vast majority of its divisional offices and more than 100 live sites have been provided with lifesaving AEDs and all staff are offered training on these.

A defibrillator delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the body to restore a regular heartbeat. A survey by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has indicated that the device can increase the chance of survival from a sudden cardiac arrest by 75 percent.

Redrow’s AEDs are also registered on a national database, which provides details of these to local communities and members of the public.

Dave Ford, health and safety director for Redrow Homes, said:

“It’s fantastic to win this award and we’re delighted that our project has been recognised by the NHBC.”

“Having access to such lifesaving equipment in the workplace and within local communities is very important. The AEDs are fitted at the vast majority of our new developments and offices and can be accessed not only by our workforce, but also by people living in the new communities we are building.”