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Work Safe, Home Safe: Bringing Mercury’s safety culture to our communities
As Mercury marks Safety Month 2022, we are putting the spotlight on five of our people who have embodied our anchor value of safety, not only in the workplace, but also in their personal lives.
Brendan McIntyre, Senior EHS Advisor, Kunal Bondre, EHS Advisor, Amy Doyle, Junior EHS Advisor, James Craven, Construction Manager, and Gary Webb, Electrical Construction Manager, were all recently presented with Mercury’s Life-saving Award.
All five were recognised for utilising their first-aid training in difficult situations, saving the lives of others, and demonstrating the priceless value of practical first-aid training. Having undertaken Mercury’s first aid course, these employees put their training into practice at the most crucial of moments.
Mercury’s health and safety culture is recognised as industry leading. From executive management level to our apprentices, safety is embedded in our DNA. Our Work Safe, Home Safe culture is engrained in our people, and we provide practical safety training that empowers our employees to live safely, both in the workplace and within their local communities.
These employees, who are all based on an Advanced Technology project in Ireland, were recognised by senior management for using their training to save lives during emergency situations and received this award in acknowledgment of their heroic actions.
Dermot Gildea, Managing Director for our Advanced Technology Business Unit said: “We are very proud to recognise and reward the actions of these team members who have saved lives by using training that Mercury has provided. Our Work Safe, Home Safe culture is essential to maintaining EHS performance on our projects and it is incredible that our training is not only having a positive impact on the safety of our projects, but also in the communities that we operate in.”
Fred Doyle, EHS Training Lead said: “The main objective of our first-aid training and overall EHS training is to educate our workforce to live by our ethos of Work Safe, Home Safe. At Mercury, the price we put on safety training is simple – it’s priceless. Well done to our Advanced Technology team for their dedication to continuous training.”
Scroll below to read how each of these employees contributed to saving lives through the application of their first-aid training.
Brendan McIntyre, Senior EHS Advisor
Brendan’s wife suffers from an aggressive illness and experiences regular ups and downs with her overall health. Brendan returned home from work, the same day that he had completed Mercury’s first aid training course, where he found his wife unconscious in bed. Despite initial shock, he immediately put his newly acquired skills to use. After calling for an ambulance, Brendan measured his wife’s pulse, monitored her breathing, and was able to fully brief first responders on the situation. Brendan’s exemplary response, and his nuance to quickly apply first-aid skills in a real-life scenario contributed to saving his wife’s life.
Gary Webb, Electrical Construction Manager
Gary returned home from work one afternoon and was responding to emails in his kitchen. He heard his daughter-in-law screaming from the sitting room, where he discovered that his eight-month-old granddaughter was turning blue in the face. Gary didn’t panic, and very quickly recognised that the child was choking on a piece of pasta. He carried out an anti-choking maneuver which he learned during Mercury’s first aid training class. His granddaughter’s breathing returned to normal soon after, and she was brought to the doctor where she received the all clear.
Kunal Bondre, EHS Advisor
Kunal was working on a night shift, when a male member of the team reported that he was feeling unwell. The man began coughing up large clots of blood, and very quickly went into shock. It was later discovered that he had a perforated ulcer and was suffering from internal bleeding. Kunal remained calm throughout and was able to apply his first-aid training. Kunal monitored his colleague’s pulse, ensuring that he was breathing correctly, and helped to keep him calm. Upon arrival of emergency services, Kunal had the situation under control and was able to recount key information to emergency services. The team member made a full recovery, which emergency services believe was bolstered by Kunal’s excellent response.
Amy Doyle, Junior EHS Advisor
Amy was working at our Offsite Assembly facility in Co. Kildare, Ireland, when a cleaner reported that she was suffering from severe chest pain. As a highly trained first-aider, Amy went through a list of symptoms, and learned that the woman was a sufferer of angina. However, Amy had a suspicion that this incident was more serious and believed that the woman was experiencing a heart attack. First responders arrived soon after Amy’s call and the woman was rushed to hospital where she made a full recovery. As a result of Amy’s training, quick thinking, and instinct, the woman received the care that she needed, without delay.
James Craven, Construction Manager
James was at home when he received a knock on the door from a panicked neighbour who stated that their son had collapsed. Upon arriving to the scene, James immediately began carrying out CPR, which he kept administering until emergency services arrived. With a combination of James’s CPR and the advanced care provided by paramedics, the young man was successfully resuscitated.
First aid training at Mercury
Last year, Mercury provided over 70,000 hours of training across the group for our employees and supply-chain partners. We are setting new standards for the quality delivery of both practical and theoretical safety training. In conjunction to this, our people have completed several thousand hours in online training through our Learning Management System (LMS).
We are dedicated to achieving the highest possible standards of Health & Safety. Safety is embedded in our DNA, it is the Mercury way – from design to construction, commissioning, and handover – our safety processes ensure adequate coordination and communication to enable our projects to be constructed safely.
Our team understand that by sticking to the safe coordinated plan we can guarantee that our team get home safely to their families at the end of every day. Safety is personal and our team intervene proactively to ensure compliance day by day and hour by hour. We respect our workforce, and they respect our management as an integrated team with a common goal – to get home safe each day. Through our Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) policies and procedures, we ensure an industry leading project delivery every time and most importantly – the safety and wellbeing of all our employees.
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