For braving the odds twice to rescue two accident victims at different times on the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge, a First Aider and an emergency rescuer, Mr. Olabisi was recently honoured by a group of safety experts at an event in Lagos to mark this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at work.
The World Safety Organization (WSO) gave the award to the rescuer through one of the groups, Health and Safety Practitioners Association (HASPA), represented by its President, Pastor Iniobong Nwoko. He presented a Public Safety and Health Volunteer Award to Mr. Olabisi to serve as an inspiration to him and to others, for his courageous act in rescuing two victims while on the third mainland bridge.
While presenting the award to him, Iniobong said that the recognition was given to him because he displayed a character worthy of a practicing safety professional adding that he had done the extraordinary. He implored others to emulate this virtue.
Another prominent safety personality, Dr. Bamisayo Oluwagbemi, also presented copies of his authored books to the First Aider saying his act was heroic and a humanitarian service that safety practitioners must consciously engage in.
Oluwagbemi said that even though our environment does not encourage acts like this, it is pertinent to honour anyone who does the unusual as done by Mr. Olabisi.
Responding to the award, the recipient, Mr. Olabisi, said that the award was an inspiration to carry on with his humanitarian service stressing that it was a motivation to others to carry out safety acts without fear.
“This award has motivated me to do more. The moment I heard that I had been nominated for this award, I was motivated to improve on this humanitarian service” he said.
Recounting his courageous act, he said, “A man was knocked down on the floor of the bridge. I was in a bus when the incident happened. I stopped the bus telling the driver that I wanted to alight. On coming down, I saw people who were already rescuing him. However, I approached the scene and I took charge as somebody who knew what to do.
With the knowledge of safety and First Aid on what to do, I checked him and I discovered that he was still breathing. The next thing for me was to bring in provisions, which I did.”
“The driver that knocked him down started coming back. He didn’t know how to get to the hospital. So I got to the passenger’s side and helped them to the hospital.
“When we got to the hospital, I introduced myself. They began asking me questions and I said that I was not there,” Olabisi narrated.
The certified member of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Mr. Olabisi said that a common fear held a lot of people from rescuing victims in such situation.
He said, “Many people believe that if you go ahead to rescue somebody involved in an accident, you might end up getting arrested. In Lagos State, it is not so, because the 112 emergency number is there. I took charge and I called 112 and told them all that happened so they have the details.”
He encouraged Nigerian citizens to protect these victims whenever they had the opportunity to do so.
It would be recalled that the World Day for Safety and Health at Work held across the globe on the 28th of April 2016 with several groups organizing safety events.