A Norampac – Cabano employee saved by colleagues

A Norampac – Cabano employee saved by colleagues. Photo: TVA Nouvelles

On June 13, Camille Thibault began his workday just like any other. The employee at the Norampac – Cabano (Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac) never imagined that within minutes, his colleagues would be saving his life. Shortly before his shift began, he collapsed on the floor—Camille was having a heart attack.

Team work

His colleagues were quick to react, and immediately began to administer first aid. Having received the occupational health and safety training, Camille’s colleagues knew that they could save his life by using the automated external defibrillator (AED) that the Cabano plant had bought a little over a year ago.

Yvan Morin, Camille Thibault’s colleague and long-time friend, performed the delicate task of using the defibrillator. “Using a defibrillator on a dummy is one thing. But on a friend, when it says to push the button, well, that’s really something… something that I won’t forget. You have to put your trust in the machine. We’re lucky we had it because if we hadn’t, Camille probably wouldn’t be with us today.”

Following the traumatic experience, Camille underwent a quintuple bypass and remained in the hospital for a month. He is extremely grateful to his colleagues for having saved his life.

Health and Safety at Work

The event is a good reminder of just how important it is to train employees so that they know what to do in emergency situations, and to have equipment that helps save lives, such as defibrillators. Although a defibrillator may seem intimidating at first, it’s easy to use with a few basic instructions. “CPR, apply the defibrillation electrodes, listen to the machine and push the button when the machine tells you to push the button. It’s very easy to use. Any ordinary person can use it with just a little bit of training.  The more there are out there, the better our chances of increasing the survival rate in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Québec region,” explained Nicolas Leblanc, director of training for paramedics in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

Last year, management at the Norampac – Cabano plant decided to invest a few thousand dollars in an AED. “The company is proud to have invested in the machine. Yes, it cost money, but you can’t put a price on human life,” added Norampac’s Health and Safety Facilitator, Françis Bérubé.

Camille Thibault doesn’t yet know when he’ll be able to return to work. For now, he’s happy to take it one day at a time. “I’m doing very well, I’m coming along. I’ll make it!”

Source : TVA Nouvelles


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Geneviève Boyer

Geneviève serves as the Communications Coordinator for Norampac, a corporate division of Cascades. She joined the team in 2006, not long after completing her studies at the Université de Montréal with a BA in Communications and Political Sciences. She also boasts a management degree from Montreal's HEC Business School. A dedicated humanitarian, Geneviève enjoys taking on a wide variety of challenges. "Communicating effectively within a corporation is a mission I take very much to heart, and one which covers a lot of different issues – including dealing with the media, day-to-day operations and employee concerns. I appreciate the opportunity I have been given, since the beginning of my career, to work for a company which fosters and encourages creativity. It's very satisfying, for example, to have had a personal influence on projects such as the videos we produce to ensure a safe, healthy work environment."

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