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March 2022

Based on a recent first aid needs assessment which identified civil engineering teams at the company, as often working in remote areas with difficulty accessing emergency assistance. We’ve invested over £5,500 to distribute 5 brand new defibrillator kits across remote sites.

Given the nature of the sometimes isolated and remote environments of Cubby sites, the company take several measures to ensure the safety of our team. It is mandatory for all project managers, site foreman, gangers and lone workers to undertake a 3-day First Aid at Work qualification. Other ground working staff such as drivers and civil engineers also undertake a 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. The defibrillators are just the next step the company are taking to ensure safety on site and not the last.

“Our work can take us to remote places. When considering our emergency arrangements, we identify the nearest defibrillator location. In doing so we find that these distances can be excessive. Our additional defibrillators will now provide an immediate onsite response to what we hope will never be needed”

David Benson, SHEQ Manager Cubby Construction


A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

“I’ve worked with Cubby for several years to deliver first aid training. Anyone can use a defibrillator – in fact public access defibrillators are designed to be used by people with no prior experience or training. There are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads, it then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed. You can’t deliver a shock accidentally.”

“As part of all our courses, North Pennines Training provide an opportunity to gain practical experience using these potentially lifesaving devices. This opportunity can help people feel more prepared and therefore less likely to become overwhelmed or to panic during a real incident.”

Alistair Myers Trainer for North Pennines Training


“We have a very experienced team and are more than capable of working in remote locations across Cumbria and the Scottish Borders. This can mean the team on site are sometimes isolated, with difficult access to their site or working in a small team. For example, the River Glen Restoration in 2021 where the team promoted the naturalisation of the river, lessening the impacts to property, infrastructure, and remote farming. The team onsite were often less than three people and remote.”

“Thankfully, no one has needed a defibrillator thus far. The Cubby team are extremely healthy and enjoy an active work environment, in the lake district and borders. We felt, it was a good precautionary measure worth taking just in case an event was to occur.”

Tommy Cubby Managing Director


Cubby employ over 250 staff across a range of trades and departments. We pride ourselves on being a progressive and supportive employer, providing opportunity and scope for career-development for all of our team.