Upmarket housebuilder CALA Homes has installed 70 lifesaving mobile defibrillators at its regional head offices and all current housing developments across the UK, including the East of Scotland.
The move will give CALA Homes (East) colleagues and contractors access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the event of a medical emergency.
A defibrillator delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the body to restore a regular heartbeat in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. 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%.
CALA Homes (East) staff have received essential training to help ensure health and safety measures on each site is of the highest quality. Three sessions have been run to date, with approximately 12 attendees per session, including one community attendee and further sessions are planned for the near future.
Stuart Hosegood, CALA’s group health and safety director said: “Health and safety is of paramount importance at CALA and the installation of defibrillators on all active sites is yet another step towards ensuring the health and wellbeing of our employees and contractors.
“Having access to lifesaving equipment in the workplace is extremely important. To give a person who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest the best chance of survival, the defibrillator must be administered within 3-5 minutes following collapse, making it imperative to have a defibrillator on site.
“CALA is one of a very small number of housebuilders to have this sort of life saving equipment on all sites and is testament to the strong safety culture across the business.”
For further information on CALA Homes throughout Edinburgh and East Scotland visit: https://www.cala.co.uk/homes-for-sale/east-of-scotland