DEARBORN: Plant Emergency Response Teams (ERT) are a lot like health or auto insurance, you never know when you are going to need it, but when you need it you are glad to have it!
This was true for a truck driver, from an outside trucking company, who is here to live another day because of the quick actions of the Dearborn Truck Plant’s ERT.
The driver suffered a cardiac arrest at the plant’s body shop dock while delivering parts. The driver’s fellow employee noticed he had fallen to the ground. That employee alerted a DTP dock worker who then started the emergency notification process. The body shop ERT arrived on the scene and after careful patient assessment, determined the driver was in a full cardiac arrest and began CPR. They also attached an AED to him. The Rouge Site ERT came on the scene, and together, DTP and Rouge ERT continued care. The driver was defibrillated a total of four times, and on the fourth time, he began to breathe on his own. Then Dearborn Fire and Rescue transported the driver to the hospital for further care.
From Left to Right:
John Matosh, DTP Maintenance Supervisor
Thomas Parks , DTP ERT
Joe Daniel, Rouge ERT
Carlos Tumpkin, Rouge ERT
Ralph Adams, Rouge Site Security
Walt Maida, Rouge Site Security
Amy Wikelius, Rouge ERT
Francis Jarvis, Truck Driver
"Due to the quick response of the coworkers of the ill employee, DTP's ERT team was dispatched immediately to the scene," said Julia Horn, DTP Risk Manager. "Because of this response, the ill driver was revived before Dearborn Rescue arrived on the scene. There was excellent team work amongst all responders and the result is this man is alive and expected to make a full recovery.”
The DTP ERT consists of about 70 members covering all three crews and three shops (body, paint and final).
“This is a perfect example of why we do training,” Julia said. “We had the best outcome in this situation because the processes that were in place were followed and utilized by all members.”
These members of the ERT are all volunteers and go through extensive training together.
“From day one we are taught at UAW Ford, that health and safety of all employees is everyone’s concern,” said Harold Byrd, DSP/Truck Body President/Chairman. “And it is our goal to send every employee home exactly how they came to work. It is great to see that all of the training pays off and saves lives.”
John Lawson, Regional Safety & Security Manager - Vehicle Operations - Truck, N.A. Manufacturing said: "Training and drills pay off when it comes to a real life situation and this time everyone who responded made a difference in someone's life and family."
The driver is doing much better and is expected to make a full recovery. Three days after the incident, he was sitting up and able to carry on a conversation his family said.
"The family wishes to express their many thanks and deepest gratitude to all of the responders at DTP that were involved. They all played a significant role in saving this man's life," Julia said. "This is an example of the ERT going further to save somebody who’s not even an employee."