A lot owner from QLD is wondering about body corporate spending. Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal provides the following response.
Question: Our body corporate is considering buying a defibrillator in case any of the owners, guests etc have a heart attack. Is this appropriate body corporate spending?
Our body corporate is considering buying a defibrillator in case any of the owners, guests etc have a heart attack.
Putting aside the question of how much it costs, who is going to use it, professional indemnity insurance for ‘Good Samaritan’ conduct, etc, is this appropriate body corporate spending … or is it just a more sophisticated type of Emergency First Aid material required for any workplace?
Answer: In theory, there is no reason why a body corporate couldn’t have as many lifesaving devices around the complex as it wanted too.
In theory, there is no reason why a body corporate couldn’t have as many lifesaving devices around the complex as it wanted too. It could even go and get Baywatch style towers, floaters and the like if it felt like it.
The only issue my end would be the qualifications / training to use them. If there is a defibrillator on the wall the minimum that should be beside it is a warning about being trained to use it or some very clear instructions on how to do it. I don’t know how hard one is to use, and Google would probably help, but if someone is having a heart attack in front of you, there probably isn’t the time to ask Siri and take it all in. then there is the issue of whether it is the right time to use it and whether the person on the receiving end has some condition or implant which might mean they should not be used.
Imagine if it was used on someone who didn’t need it or could not survive the use of it (if that condition exists)?
I think asking a trained paramedic and then the body corporate’s insurer would be the place to start about whether one should be ‘freely’ available to all and sundry.
This post appears in Strata News #178.
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