Scunthorpe based BCE Cellular Extrusions, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of PVC products for the building and window industries, has installed an on-site automated external defibrillator (AED) unit worth £6000.

The unit was officially presented to Richard Newby, Production Services Manager, BCE Cellular Extrusions by Paul Neilson, Managing Director, Kestrel Building Products on Friday 17 August and coincided with a demonstration and presentation of certificates to staff recently trained on the use of the equipment.

Said Richard Newby; "The installation of such a piece of equipment may seem a little extreme to some, but the safety of our 120 employees here at BCE is paramount to us."

BCE is a member of the Heywood Williams Group Plc, which owns some 27 companies in Britain and America. The decision to install the AED's is a group wide one. "BCE has an excellent Health and Safety record and we intend to maintain this," continued Richard.

The installation was supported by St John Ambulance, said Julia Witter, Marketing Manager, St John Ambulance Cheshire, "BCE is amongst the first companies to invest in the life saving equipment which in turn supports the St John Ambulance 'Power to Save Lives' campaign to increase awareness of the importance of having AED's in easily accessible places, whether at work or at play."

" St John Ambulance passionately supports the deployment and use of AED's to be used before the arrival of the ambulance - when you've only got 3-4 minutes then every second counts" she continued.