Charlotte, NC – Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, has provided financial and employee training with $15,700 and 113 hours, respectively, to upgrade and protect its team members with the installation and personnel training of automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) first aid training in all company operating locations. Meridian Waste places great importance on the safety and health of the company's most vital assets, its people.
AEDs are used for individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The sophisticated, easy-to-use medical device can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death in the United States. More than 350,000 people will experience cardiac arrest this year.
To ensure the success of the AED installation program, Meridian Waste has implemented, paid for, and authorized staff training time which was provided by The National CPR Foundation (NCPRF). Upon completion, participants received a two-year certification card, wallet identification card, and a key chain card showing proof of certification.NCPRF focuses on life-skill techniques through the development of life-training curricular modules. According to the Foundation, its aim is to provide the best certification experience possible while also providing the best user-friendly tools to promote online education.
“Investing in superior equipment and training to help save the lives of our team members in the event of an emergency is the best utilization of training and funds possible,” said Walter “Wally” Hall, Jr., CEO of Meridian Waste. “Our team members are strong stewards of the environment and serve as allies in providing clean and healthy communities. I am hopeful that we will never have to use the AED equipment and CPR first aid, however, experience has taught me that the best defense is a strong offense. We encourage all employees to be alert, be prepared, and be ready to take action."
About Meridian Waste
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Meridian Waste is a company defined by its commitment to servicing its customers, caring for and engaging its employees, and generating financial value for its shareholders while delivering a clean and healthy community. The company’s core waste business is centered on residential, commercial, and industrial non-hazardous waste collection and disposal. Currently, the company operates in Northeast Fla., St. Louis, Mo., Goldston, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., Greenville, S.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Blacksburg, Va., Harrisonburg, Va., and Richmond, Va., servicing more than 219,850 residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers. In addition to a fleet of commercial, residential, and roll-off trucks, the company operates 14 hauling companies, six transfer stations/materials recycling facilities (MRFs), two municipal solid waste landfills, and three C&D landfills in which 882,066 tons of waste are safely disposed of annually. For more information, visit MeridianWaste.com.