A FAST-ACTING chainsaw operator has been praised for stepping in after his colleague suffered a stroke. 

The "quick-thinking" individual immediately called an ambulance after discovering his co-worker exhibiting tell-tale symptoms, having failed to return from refuelling his saw at his car during lunch. 

Forestry officials say the victim – who lost his ability to speak – may now make a full recovery, thanks to his fellow hand cutter and medical staff. 

An incident statement read: "Currently, the injured individual is under medication to manage blood pressure and is gradually recovering his speech.

"There is optimism and hope for a full recovery due to the fast-acting colleagues and medical staff."

After a lunch break, a two-man team of chainsaw operators was set to resume work, snedding out large trees. One of the operators returned to his vehicle to refuel the chainsaw. Unexpectedly, he failed to return. 

Concerned about his absence, his colleague went to check on him and discovered the operator clearly unwell and exhibiting signs of a stroke.

Immediate action was taken, and emergency services (999) were called as the injured person had lost his ability to speak. 

His team member, taking quick initiative, assisted the injured operator to the forest gate, where they met an incoming ambulance.

Forestry Journal: The chainsaw operator was helped to a forest gate by his co-worker The chainsaw operator was helped to a forest gate by his co-worker (Image: Scottish Woodlands)

Upon reaching the hospital, a medical assessment confirmed that the injured person had suffered a bleed on the left side of his head, indicating a stroke. 

In a bid to help others should a similar situation occur, forestry bosses have now issued guidance on how to spot the signs of a stroke.

How to spot a stroke: BE FAST

How do you know if someone is suffering a stroke? There are multiple signs to look for and a simple wayto remember them:

BE FAST -(Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech, Time).

BE FAST is an updated version of the FAST acronym used to help memorise the signs of stroke. 

The FAST test helps to spot the three most common symptoms of stroke. But there are other signs that you should always take

These include:
• Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.
• Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.
• Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.
• Sudden memory loss or confusion, and dizziness; or a sudden fall.
• Sudden, severe headache.

If you suspect a colleague has suffered from a stoke, call 999 immediately.