First aid training saves lives
Having been providing training for those working on wind turbines for many years, MRS Training & Rescue’s expertise, combined with their state-of-the-art realistic training facilities, has ensured they are now recognised as a leading training provider for anyone working in the wind industry
Although not mandatory, MRS believes and recommends that anyone that works in a wind turbine should have first aid training, and the company offers two Global Wind Organisation (GWO) approved first aid courses.
Wind turbines are often located in remote areas with workers operating at considerable heights and these factors can cause delays in the arrival of emergency services and medical aid during any sudden case of illness or injury to workers.
Furthermore, the constraints and difficulties of routine tasks needed to be performed whilst working in a wind turbine, can make administering first aid more difficult, so ensuring workers feel confident with enough knowledge and understanding to perform basic first aid should the need arise, is very important.
Training course content
The Basic First Aid course ensures all delegates can assess the situation/casualty and act safely, promptly and effectively in the event of an emergency. It includes training on the correct use of lifesaving first aid using the primary survey A-B-C; how to use a defibrillator (AED); correct application of key areas of first aid, including the secondary survey; demonstrating correct use of first aid equipment in a first aid scenario – all with the minimum of equipment.
The GWO recently launched a new training standard for first aid, designed to elevate the lifesaving and rescue skills of technicians working on wind turbines. The Enhanced First Aid (EFA) gives technicians the appropriate skills and knowledge required to stabilise a casualty in the event of a potentially life-threatening illness or injury.
This allows casualties to be successfully transported to a point where emergency services can provide care. Advanced first aiders may be relied upon to coordinate and manage incidents until professionals arrives, which could involve a range of cases such as major trauma, sudden cardiac arrest, management of large incidents and treatment of emotionally disturbed workers.
Additional key difference
Another key difference between the basic and enhanced first aid course is the introduction of additional pieces of equipment, such as haemostatic dressings, tourniquets and bag valve masks. While not in use at every workplace, these tools and others like them may prove to be essential in remote environments such as wind turbines, so proper usage in an emergency prior to an ambulance arriving could mean the difference between life and death.
Additionally, the EFA course puts a greater theoretical focus on the human body to help technicians understand not just what to do, but why they do it.
The GWO approved EFA course is one day in duration but any candidate attending this course must also hold a valid basic GWO approved first aid certificate as a pre-requisite. Alternatively, candidates can attend a three-day course covering both basic and enhanced first aid.
Anyone taking a first aid course with MRS Training & Rescue will enjoy highly practical training to ensure they feel confident should the need arise to carry out first aid both on and offshore, in accordance with the GWO Basic Safety Training.
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