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RESCUE EQUIPMENT


In response to growing industry demand, leading global training provider, Maersk Training, in


partnership with offshore wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, has become the first to offer an Advanced First Aid course specifically tailored to the needs of personnel working in the wind energy sector.


Due to the increasing distance from shore to turbine and the prolonged time for medical professionals to reach a casualty in an emergency, a greater emphasis is being placed on arrangements for emergency medical treatment. The same challenges apply to working on onshore wind turbines in remote locations, such as the Scottish Highlands, so the course is also applicable to personnel working there.


ADVANCED FIRST AID COURSE The Advanced First Aid course has been developed in parallel with a specially designed Wind Turbine Emergency Trauma Pack which contains all of the lifesaving equipment used during the course. The trauma pack has been designed to be lifted using the ‘T-piece’ davit, nacelle crane or an internal hoisting system and will ensure that technicians in the field have ready access to the emergency medical equipment they have used during training.


The course builds on the skills acquired at the basic first aid level. It enables rapid intervention in the event of severe or life threatening trauma or illness by equipping technicians with the skills required to quickly stabilise a casualty. It also allows personnel to effectively monitor the casualty until specialist medical treatment arrives or they can be safely moved to appropriate medical facilities.


PROACTIVE APPROACH The course supports delegates in taking a proactive approach to incident management and covers an extensive range of practical skills including: advanced airway management techniques, control of catastrophic bleeding, CPR protocols including the use of AED’s and administration of gases in medical emergencies including oxygen and entonox.


WORKING TOGETHER Stuart Cameron, Managing Director at Maersk Training in Newcastle, said: “Naturally, when approached by MHI Vestas we were delighted to work with them on this project aimed at addressing a long identified industry need.


“Delayed response times can prove to be a fatal factor in life-threatening scenarios, which is what we want to tackle with this course. We believe having advanced first aid skills is crucial in this industry which is why we are the first to host this course.”


Maersk Training


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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