EVERY Kilmac crew has full-trained first aiders and the value of the company’s policy was demonstrated when Geordie McNaughton suffered a heart attack a few days before the Festive break.
Quick-thinking colleagues came to the rescue when he collapsed while working on the new Tulloch Primary School development in Perth.
Site foreman Neil Riley, site manager Jason Edward and contracts manager James Wilson are among the many staff members who have taken part in the company’s three-day first aiders’ course tailored to the construction industry - and Geordie has been thanking them for saving his life.
He has no recollection of collapsing on December 21 and three months have been wiped from his memory.
But the good news is that Geordie is hoping to get back to work next month if the medics give him the thumbs-up after another scan and ongoing physio at Perth Royal Infirmary.
“I’ve got no memory of what happened but I know I’m lucky to be alive,” he admitted.
“I know that if it wasn’t for the lads I wouldn’t be here. I owe my life to them. I’ll be forever grateful.
“Apparently I was complaining of chest pains the weekend before. The heart attack was on December 21 and the next thing I knew it was December 28 and I was waking up in intensive care at Ninewells wondering what I was doing there,” said Geordie.
Managing director Richard Kilcullen has praised Neil, Jason and James for coming to the aid of their workmate.
He said: “Health and safety is a priority for us and obviously the first aid courses are very important.
“Fortunately Geordie’s experience is very rare but it underlines the value of having trained first aiders on our construction sites.
“The lads were absolutely brilliant and we’re proud of the way they responded before the paramedics arrived.
“It is one thing being trained but quite another being able to apply what they have learned in the classroom when their skills were called upon on a construction site.
“We’re all glad Geordie is on the mend and everyone is looking forward to him getting back to work in the next few