Hero car salesman saves colleague's life

A car salesman has been hailed as a hero after saving the life of a colleague who collapsed on the dealership's forecourt.

Daniel Jackson was sat behind his desk at HPL Motors in Oldham when he heard a customer shouting for someone to call an ambulance. The 34-year-old salesman rushed outside to find a car valeter on the ground and his heart had stopped beating - Mr Jackson performed CPR for three minutes before the man was brought back to life and taken to hospital once the ambulances had arrived.

Occurrences like this are a risk that businesses must account for. Public liability and employer's liability cover - obtained as part of a combined motor trade insurance policy - offer protection for a business owner in case a member of staff or the public should require compensation for an accident they suffer on site.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the car valeter collapsed because of a blood clot in his chest. The unnamed man, who is understood to be in his 60s, has now been released from hospital and is recovering at home.

Mr Jackson, who has first aid training thanks to his role as coach of his children's football teams, described the incident: "At first I didn’t think it would be that bad, but when I got there he had a gash in his head and a cut above his eye from when he fell.

"He was pretty much gone so I started giving him CPR. I had to do it. No one else was doing anything.

"At the time I was very focused on what I was doing and I knew how important it was to do it right. Afterwards I started shaking and had tears in my eyes from all the adrenaline and shock."

He added: "The main thing is that he’s okay."