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Height safety training at ASSMANN

Höhensicherheitstraining bei ASSMANN

Colleagues practice climbing to make all the right moves in emergencies

Scenario: Ten metres up. A colleague loses consciousness while attempting to get the sorting warehouse up and running again after a machine malfunction in the factory. He needs to be rescued. Quickly! Fortunately the scenario described here is just a role play during height safety training at ASSMANN. But it is perfectly conceivable that this theoretical case might actually happen one day. If it does, every move has to count!

A fully automatic machine park is installed on the ASSMANN shop floor. Employees still work there to monitor the equipment and to conduct inspections. Malfunctions are rare, whether major or minor, and usually occur only once or twice per month. But when they do happen, they need to be fixed quickly. This can involve work on the ground or even ten metres up, for instance in the sorting warehouse where edged boards are kept in temporary storage during the production process. Knowing immediately what to do if a colleague suffers an injury when fixing a malfunction can be a matter of life or death. "How do I get up there? How can I get the injured person back down to the ground?" These are questions that would leave Jörg Kasparek, plant electrician for building services & system engineering at ASSMANN, and his colleagues no time to think in emergency situations. Calling the public fire department in these cases would mean losing at least 15 minutes. And this may be too long in an emergency.

Prepared: in theory and practice

The employees were taught extensive theoretical and practical knowledge during the height safety training, held in the ASSMANN factors on a Saturday. All employees are required to attend this safety training once each year, whether it is the first time for new recruits or simply to refresh the skills of more seasoned colleagues. "You start out feeling slightly queasy when you find yourself dangling from a rope, ten metres above the ground," says Jörg Kasparek to describe the rehearsed state of emergency. "But fairly soon you trust the material, the safety harness and the restraint system. All the same, it is important that no one underestimates the physical exertion associated with a rescue."

The course is required by law. It teaches basic personal safety skills following a fall at high workplaces and explains the correct use of arrester systems during a rescue. The programme's agenda covered a large number of different exercises, from attaching safety equipment when working at a height, to how to transport injured persons. All of them would help the participants to respond faster when every second counts. "It is important to repeat the safety training regularly", asserts Jörg Kasparek confidently. "You need to know what to do immediately when something happens. But there should always be some time between the courses," he warns. "Repeating them too often makes everything routine. And routine can lead to carelessness."

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