MRCC Donates Automatic External Defibrillator

Staff | September 28, 2010

On Wednesday, December 13, 2006, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights' (MRCC) Labor-Management Productivity & Training Committee (LMPT), under the leadership of Douglas C. Buckler, executive secretary/treasurer, donated a $2,000 automatic external defibrillator (AED) for the Book-Cadillac construction job site in Detroit.

An AED is a portable automatic device used to restore a normal heart rhythm to someone in cardiac arrest. The AED automatically analyzes the patient's heart rhythm and advises the rescuer whether or not a shock is needed to restore a normal heartbeat.

"We continually implement safety training at our apprenticeship schools across the state, which carries over to the job site," Buckler said. "Providing a defibrillator for the Book-Cadillac job site is just a natural extension of the MRCC's dedication to worker safety. At the end of the day, we want every member on the job site to return home safely to their family."

The Book-Cadillac job site is the first to receive an AED from the MRCC/LMPT. The MRCC/LMPT also planned to donate AEDs to the MGM Grand Casino job site and schools for Barton Malow, Skanska, and Walbridge Aldinger. Further, the AEDs will permanently stay on-site at each location, even after construction is completed.

The LMPT, established in 1985, is a partnership effort with labor and management, which represents over 10,000 tradespersons and over 800 contractors in Southeast Michigan. One of the LMPT's objectives is to foster improvements in occupational safety, health and other working conditions.

The MRCC represents the interests of more than 20,000 journey persons, as well as apprentices, across the state of Michigan. The MRCC offers complete apprenticeship programs as well as ongoing training, and also administers healthcare and pension benefits to its membership. The MRCC has played a central role in the rebuilding of Detroit, donating time, expertise and financial support to community and charity organizations.