2 Jan 20
Hinkley Point B 

Employees Honoured After Saving the Life of a Colleague

Hinkley Point B Station Director, Peter Evans presenting the Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificates to (Left to right) Aaron Tyrrell, Connor Keirle and Mark Williams. (front) Ross Perkins.
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Mark Williams, Connor Keirle and Aaron Tyrrell, each received prestigious resuscitation certificates from the Society, after their quick thinking and skill helped save the life of fellow EDF Energy colleague Ross Perkins after he suffered a near fatal heart attack at work.

The trained first aiders sprang into action following an urgent appeal for medical assistance after Ross collapsed. As Mark, Connor and Aaron arrived at the scene, it soon became clear that Ross’s life hung precariously in the balance.

Mark, who works as a Procurement Engineer at the power station, explained: “As soon as we arrived to help Ross, it was evident something was badly wrong.

“He had lost colour and was suffering intermittent chest pain. That was when our training cut in, and we knew we had to help him urgently.”

The site has a high level of first aid equipment such as defibrillators strategically placed, and the team were able to get this ready quickly.

“The defibrillator did its job and allowed Ross’s heart to restart in the correct sequence just as the paramedics were arriving,” added Mark. “It was a great feeling seeing Ross breathing again.”

Ross has now fully recovered and two months after the heart attack he returned to work as a Materials Controller at Hinkley Point B.  He said: “Words cannot express how much I owe the individuals who looked after me at the time, and I will be forever grateful for their amazing actions.

“I really would like to thank them for what they did for me. They are worthy recipients of these special awards for what they did in saving my life.”

Notes to Editors

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit our energy future webpages.

For more information

Andrew Cockcroft
External Communications Manager (South West)
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