Life-saving devices to be installed at tips following man’s death

LIFE-saving defibrillators are to be installed at household waste recycling centres across Hampshire following a man’s death. Truck driver Martin Lucas, 60, was dumping garden waste at the tip in Normandy Way, Marchwood, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Hampshire County Council was already planning to provide defibrillators at its recycling centres when the incident occurred on May 23.

But Mr Lucas’s partner, Mandy Hobart, of Hythe, said the scheme had been fast-tracked in the wake of his death. Daily Echo: Life-saving defibrillators are to be installed at household waste recycling centres across Hampshire.Life-saving defibrillators are to be installed at household waste recycling centres across Hampshire. The tip was closed to the public as paramedics fought to save his life.

He was airlifted to University Hospital Southampton and admitted to intensive care, but died a few days later. Ms Hobart wrote to the county council and its waste management partner, Veolia, saying they had a “clear responsibility” to install defibrillators at recycling centres. The portable devices deliver an electric shock to the heart if it stops beating normally.

Daily Echo: Life-saving defibrillators are to be installed at household waste recycling centres across Hampshire.Life-saving defibrillators are to be installed at household waste recycling centres across Hampshire. Cllr Edward Heron is leader of New Forest District Council and the county council’s executive lead member for environment and transport strategy. He told the Daily Echo: “We have been working towards having defibrillators installed at our household waste recycling centres for a couple of months now.

“I’m pleased to say we have secured 26 units from St John Ambulance and expect to receive those by the end of June, with a view to them being installed on sites as quickly as is reasonably practicable.” Marchwood county councillor David Harrison added: “This is very welcome news. “I think there’s is a higher chance of someone needing a defibrillator at a waste tip, especially at a site that requires people to climb steps whilst carrying items, than just about anywhere else.

They are literally life-savers.” Ms Hobart added: “Waste Management have told me that as a result of Martin’s heart attack their defibrillator plans have been fast-tracked. “Something positive has come out of Martin’s death, he would be glad about that.

“Martin was always helping people – nothing was ever too much trouble. I know the Ashlett sailing community, along with all our neighbours, friends and family, will miss him terribly.” A message from the Editor

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