When first aid training can really save a life

At the end of January, a young boy collapsed with a suspected cardiac arrest while playing football at Penlan AFC in Townhill, Swansea. He was given CPR by two parents watching the game before the emergency services arrived.

One of those parents, was Robert Lawson, a Ganger for Jehu Civils and initially thought the young boy had collapsed due to an injury but after reaching him, and placing him in the recovery position, the boy stopped breathing so Robert began CPR with another parent assisting.

Robert has been part of the business for 4½ years and had recently completed a three-day first aid course. He said: “While I was able to stay calm during the incident and focus on giving the young boy CPR until emergency services arrived, it all hit me when I got home because of my own children and what it would feel like if this had happened to one of mine.

“I’m just thankful to Jehu for putting me on the course in the first place, because it gave me the training to be able to confidently give CPR. If you can get on a first aid course, then I would urge everyone to do it, because if it helps someone else under the same circumstances, then you really could be saving a life.”

As a Group, we are committed to the training and development of its staff, with more than 33 employees successfully completing a 3 day first aid training course and 1 day emergency first aid training course, in the last year.

Gwilym Hughes, HR Strategic Business Manager added: “We are so proud of Robert and the amazing reaction to saving this young boy’s life. It’s such a selfless act. Providing our staff with the necessary training like first aid, is just part and parcel of what we do as a responsible employer.”