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Sawmill employees respond quickly to cardiac arrest

Employees of the Saint Leonard Sawmill saw their CPR training put to the test recently when a contractor working at the facility suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The situation took place during the annual boiler shutdown at the mill. 

Three employees, Rejean, Leon and Alain, quickly responded to the incident. They had all received training in emergency response and first aid. They administered CPR, utilizing an automated external defibrillator (AED), and coordinated effectively with the medical team that arrived swiftly on the scene. 

The contractor who suffered cardiac arrest, is currently recovering. 

"We would like to thank these employees for their quick thinking, composure under pressure, and knowledge which may have been the difference between life and death in this scenario," said Mario Dupuis, manager of the Saint Leonard Sawmill. "Their collective efforts underscored the critical role played by our first responders in maintaining safety and wellbeing on our sites." 

 At JDI’s Sawmill division, safety is a key priority and employees receive safety training which includes identifying hazards, first-aid and CPR.