VIDEO | Roadworker delivers lifesaving skills on the carriageway
On 7th April 2017 John McGowan went off to work for a ‘routine night’ on the roads, unaware of the heroics he was about to perform. On that night, an accident on the M62 Eastbound carriageway involving a minibus, its driver and its passengers would test John’s first aid & health and safety training to the max.
Video footage from the Dashcam of the Chevron Vehicle captures the intense moments when the mini bus veers into the central reservation and flips over. John pulls over as other drivers pass to help on the scene.
Having witnessed the minibus veer into the central reserve and flip onto its side, John pulled over onto the hard shoulder and contacted the emergency services, before using his TM training to safely cross the carriageway.
On attending the scene, he found that the driver was partially lying in lane 3 of the opposing carriageway. He managed to carefully move his legs out of the carriageway before performing lifesaving first aid in order to resuscitate the driver.
John, Business Improvement Assessor at Chevron Traffic Management gave us his account of how the event unfolded:
“I was witness to a road traffic accident at around 00:20. As first on the scene I completed a personal risk assessment and deemed it necessary to cross.
“Before I crossed I contacted the emergency services and requested HETO (Highways England Traffic Officer), Ambulance and Fire assistance as I could see there was a major incident involving a minibus. I noticed the elderly driver had been ejected from the vehicle involved to then later discover a total of 7 people on board.
“On first examination, I noticed that the driver wasn’t breathing, but I couldn’t perform CPR due to his position on the ground. I continued with chest compressions until he gasped a breath and he then began to breath unassisted.
“I then checked the van for further casualties but there were none to the same degree of urgent care or attention required- all of the passengers in the minibus could talk, so at that point I moved away from the passengers knowing that the gentleman who had been unconscious was my priority in terms of safety. I returned to the driver, held his hand, reassured and talked to him until the fire brigade came.
“I left the incident around 1:05am, with all of the passengers out of the minibus and able to walk. The gentleman who was the driver of the vehicle was still on the floor, but stable and in the hands of the emergency services.”
Tim Cockayne, Chevron’s Managing Director commented:
“John’s calmness and skills under pressure to save this gentleman’s life should be commended not just by Chevron, but by the entire highways industry as a whole.
Our staff, as well as all other staff and operatives across the industry are routinely put through training courses to gain the knowledge and skills to handle these situations in the manner in which John has shown.
In my opinion- albeit in a terribly unfortunate situation- it’s a big tick for our industry that the effectiveness of our training practices is there for all to see. Without the proper training, what is a horrific situation for the driver and passengers in that minibus could have been a whole lot worse.”