Mobile Training Trailers Provide Realistic Confined Space Training For Employees

No doubt about it, working in confined spaces like containers, ducts or canals, carries a number of risks. This type of work requires total concentration and excellent physical fitness, as well as a knowledge of all possible hazards. Fire and Safety Australia helps you to learn all the essential skills. Not only theoretically, but practically – and all this, on location at your company.

The mobile training trailer, for entering into confined spaces, such as ducts or canals, was developed and assembled by Fire and Safety Australia. An area of 10X10 meters and access to electricity are the only requirements. In about an hour, a realistic training module can be assembled on location, and before going in, the participants receive theoretical instructions, which is like the training itself, customised to the requirements and application of the respective company.

“Ultimately, the training trailer is aimed at all users who enter canals or shafts. Confined containers are not only used in sewerage systems, but in powerplants, various industries and the chemical industry. Therefore the target group is actually relatively big”

During the theoretical part, the experts from Fire and Safety together with participants highlight the risks, discuss dangerous situations and explain the functions of the technical resources.

Before the training practice, certain rules must be agreed upon. Every participant ensures in writing that he hasn’t taken any drugs, consumed alcohol or swallowed any medicines, and has submitted the mandatory medical examination undertaken by the employer. After further instruction on location, the practice begins.

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The intent with this form of confined space training, is to make everything as realistic as possible, and the training module, really does simulate all of the dangerous situations that can arise when working in confined spaces.

“We have a variety of equipment that can we can use within our training simulations, or companies, if adequately equipped, can use their own equipment.”

The introduction begins with putting on personal protective equipment and checking the atmosphere to be entered. The fit of the life belt and all devices are checked. The air should be monitored for toxic gases and vapours, as well as explosive air situations. A tripod is used to lower participants, the initial steps are relatively straight forward, however they quickly become more complex. In the pipe, gas and poisonous vapours are simulated using a fog machine. Visibility is now less than 1 meter. Stress levels are rising. Participants must quickly find the exit whilst permanently checking the breathable air.

After the first test run, even the most experienced participants appear somewhat affected.

“It was tough, really close to reality and I can only actually recommend this to everyone to experience something like this”

After all participants have finished this practical test, further theoretical instruction is given. The operation is then analysed and together with experts from Fire and Safety Australia.

The mobile training trailers from Fire and Safety Australia, can be customised effortlessly, to your needs and demands. Even the entry to different types of manholes and gullies, can be selected as needed and ready for use in a matter of minutes. But also practical work, such as the changing of valves and the affixing of shut off plates is possible.

The professional organisations, as well as communal and emergency insurance associations, help us a lot – and were also partly the reason why we now offer these mobile training trailers. They assisted us with the designing of the trailers, and thanks to the professional organisations, we’ve been able to implement a lot of ideas that would not have been incorporated in the beginning.

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So My Computer Died – The Very Day Before My Final Exam Was Due

Tell you what….

I must have the worst luck in the world. Infact, if I didn’t have any bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all. Let me share with you what a nightmare this week has been.

So my final exam (and additional assignment) was due to be handed in by 5pm on Monday. I’m at home, doing my usual working from my bed, with my cat, my chocolate biscuits and cup of tea, when suddenly, my computer simply turns itself off.

I’m sitting there for a moment thinking …okayyyyy. So what now?

I try to turn it back and and it doesn’t do anything.

I’m thinking to myself, “Seriously, this can’t be happening” My final exam is due in less than 72 hours, and it looks like my laptop has died on me – I cannot believe this!

So I start to panic. I’m thinking, “What do I do?” It just wont turn on at all. So I call my mum, and she suggests that it may have turned off because it over heated. Alright, so I’ll get it off the bed, and try it again after a few minutes in the kitchen.

15 minutes later (after lots of swearing) it finally turns back on – thank God – but now, I have this black screen, with all this writing all over it about BIOS or something. I’m scared to do anything because I don’t want to lose my work – or have I already lost it? I care not to think about it. If I don’t get this fixed, I could have potentially lost over 3 weeks worth of work.

My life at this very moment sucks.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, my mum comes over the following day, and at this point I’ve pretty much given up on the fact that it’s salvageable and am ready to throw my computer in the bin.

Mum talks some sense into me and tells me about this place in called Computer Zen – who do computer repairs Brisbane as well as sell computer parts and so on. They helped mum with her desktop PC some months ago. She offered to drive me over there and drop it off.

Needless to say that there were plenty of tears and reassurance from mum that it would be okay – and sure enough it was. Even after I had called the uni and asked them for an extension (because I figured I’d have to start over)

Anyway, the guys at Computer Zen were awesome. They had it fixed within 15 minutes of being there, saved ALL of my assignment and work – AND only charged $45! WINNING!

I couldn’t have been happier.

So thanks to the guys at Computer Zen, and oh, also my mum for saving the day.

Here’s a link to their website if you’re interested in checking them out http://www.computerzen.com.au/

Now, back to these chocolate biscuits.

Hiring a Corporate Magician for Special Events – Good Idea or Not?

Just recently, my brother in law got married in the UK, and as part of the wedding reception celebration, they decided to hire a corporate magician. I have no idea why, but I was happy enough to go along with it. Now, when it comes to magicians, I’m always a bit cautious. Why? Because some are great. They’re funny, they’re entertaining and amusing. However at other times, they can be awkward or just plain annoying. I’ve been to enough “magic shows” to know what to expect, and admittedly, always sit up the back in fear that I’ll get pulled up on stage to “assist”. (That frightens the hell out of me)

Anyway, I felt that for a special event, like a wedding reception, there really isn’t any room for awkwardness. This is why I was surprised when they told me they’d organised this magician guy to rock up and “do some magic tricks”. At the time I couldn’t understand why they had chosen something so seemingly cheesy? If I had it my way, I would’ve just organised for a DJ or some other form of entertainment that would’ve been a bit more subtle.

I mean, can you imagine having some weird annoying guy pulling cards out of his backside over your table while you’re trying to enjoy a conversation with friends?

The whole thing seemed a bit weird.

Boy, was I wrong!

This guy (I can’t remember his name) was absolutely brilliant. He was absolutely nothing like I had expected. He was funny, entertaining, and pretty damn impressive with his magic too.

Infact, I’m still trying to figure out how he made that 20p note float above the table like he did!

Anyway, just a quick short post I thought I’d share with you all. Not something I’d usually recommend, but certainly, consider hiring a table magician for an upcoming event (even for a wedding reception) because it was simply amazing. I’m not sure if this is the guy that performed for us (I can’t remember his name – he looked a bit goofy) but I’m pretty sure it’s him. You might want to check his website out, because he was brilliant. http://www.alanhudson.net/hire/magician-london/

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