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Grant Thornton airport run: Firms are in the running to win lifesaving technology

By Staff Reporter

Published 09/06/2015

Richard Gillan of Grant Thornton with Declan O’Mahoney, chief executive of HeartSine Technologies
Richard Gillan of Grant Thornton with Declan O’Mahoney, chief executive of HeartSine Technologies

Defibrillator manufacturer Heartsine has donated one of it pieces of life-saving equipment to the winners of a run at Belfast City Airport on Wednesday, June 24, organised by business advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Richard Gillan, partner in charge at Grant Thornton, said that 13% of all workplace deaths were due to sudden cardiac arrest - around 100 people every week.

But he said many of those deaths could have been avoided had a defibrillator been used. "The device can increase survival rates from less than 5% without a defibrillator to more than 75% with prompt defibrillation."

"It is estimated less than half of businesses in the UK have a defibrillator on the premises, yet all will have a fire extinguisher as it is a legal requirement. This is very worrying when the number of fire fatalities in the UK workplace totalled 17 last year (2013/2014), a figure dwarfed by the weekly SCA fatality figures." Mr Gillan said the firm put substantial emphasis on being a responsible employer - which including having a defibrillator, particularly as sudden cardiac arrest can hit anyone of any gender or age.

He added: "Considering there will be more than 100 local companies, and 500 runners in total, descending on the runway at George Best Belfast City Airport later this month, we are delighted HeartSine Technologies has donated one of its lifesaving devices to protect participants on the night."

The winning team of the race will receive the defibrillator to install in its own office or to donate. Mr Gillan added: "Having already entered a corporate team for the race and with the donation of a defibrillator, this is a great example of local companies working together, which is something we are keen to promote through the race."

Updates for the Grant Thornton Runway Run, which is supported by the Belfast Telegraph, can be found on Twitter by following @GrantThorntonNI or using the official event hashtag: #GTRunwayRun

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