AEDs enhance safety on Scotland’s bridge project


Construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing (recently named the Queensferry Crossing), connecting Edinburgh to Fife across the Firth of Forth is a massive project. It involves more than 900 people, some working on land and others on platforms in the estuary where the bridge’s towers are being built.

Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors Join Venture announced in late March that they have purchased and installed state-of-art Cardiac Science automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to increase worker safety during the bridge project. The seven Cardiac Science Powerheart® G5 AED units on the construction site are designed with automatic diagnostic features and audio prompts that can guide an untrained layperson through the steps to revive victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

“We have personnel working all over the construction site, some on land and some on platforms within the estuary creating the 210-metre towers of the cable-stayed bridge. To get to them in an SCA emergency would be impossible for traditional services so we have deployed seven devices immediately in various locations to better protect everyone,” Joe Corvello, the project’s health and safety manager, told the Edinburgh News.

AEDS on construction sites

While the Powerheart G5 AED devices are intuitive to use, Cardiac Science representative John McPherson told the newspaper that project staff would be given “on-site familiarisation training” for the new equipment. At key work locations there will be designated first responders who are prepared to coordinate a rescue, McPherson said.

The Forth Replacement Crossing project is creating a three-tower cable-stayed bridge, at 2,700 metres the longest such bridge in the world. Construction began in 2011 and is projected to end in 2016. In January the bridge’s three giant towers reached half their final height.

AEDs in the workplace

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