Russell Roof Tiles makes life-saving investment

Lochmaben-based Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) has purchased new life-saving defibrillator units for its three sites.

Russell Roof Tiles makes life-saving investment

Bruce Laidlaw

The independent manufacturer of concrete derivatives in the UK pitched roofing market and employs approx. 150 staff across its Scottish site and two plants in Burton on Trent.

A defibrillator is a medical device used to help those who have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. It can send a shock or defibrillation to the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. The important decision to purchase these machines was taken after one of Russell Roof Tiles’ staff sadly suffered a heart attack in the workplace and will vitally allow the manufacturer to save an employee’s life if such an incident does occur again.

Through its investment in the new defibrillator units, Russell Roof Tiles is ensuring even more emphasis is placed on the safety of each and every one of its employees.

This is the latest in a string of initiatives in place to put the organisation’s workforce first, starting with the announcement of the rollout of RRT’s first dedicated mental health and wellbeing programme.

Interest in the life-saving defibrillator machines has increased after Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this year at the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Andrew Hayward, managing director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “The health and safety and wellbeing of our staff is an utmost priority for us and the three new defibrillators will ensure we’re doing all we can to support our employees.

“We saw during the Euro 2021 football tournament, when Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, the important role these life-saving machines can play in having a positive outcome when an incident does occur and that has been a real catalyst to purchasing these units.”

Bruce Laidlaw, operations director at Russell Roof Tiles, added: “It is a magnificent moment to see Russell Roof Tiles purchasing this life-saving equipment and investing further in its employees.”

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