While this emergency did not occur on a Housing New Zealand site or involve HNZ staff or tenants, we’ve included it in Contractor Connect as a reminder that we should always be prepared for an emergency and ensure we have trained first aid staff.
Last month at Wormald’s Auckland facility, an employee suffered a cardiac arrest at work. The staff member had just returned to his desk following a short break.
After sitting for a few moments, the employee collapsed and stopped breathing.
Colleagues reacted immediately, calling emergency services and following their instructions provided over the phone.
Onsite first aiders were called upon and initiated CPR and were able to resuscitate the employee until paramedics arrived.
There is no doubt this swift response saved the employee’s life. After tests were conducted to ensure the employee was in no immediate danger, he was taken to Auckland hospital, where he stayed for several days for observation.
Apart from a few broken ribs, the employee recovered well and was very, very thankful to all those who had assisted him that day.