TAFE SA news

Mobile Unit for Confined Space training

Apr 16, 2012

TAFE SA Regional has a new mobile training unit built with the support of local business, to provide Confined Space and Working Safely at Heights courses throughout regional South Australia.

A modified shipping container, which has the benefit of being easily transportable, has been adapted to incorporate ducting tunnels, ventilation, a side hatch and a roof hatch. 

Safety standard essential equipment to the value of $25,000, including safety harnesses, have been installed to compliment this training experience.

The project, driven by TAFE SA mining lecturer Danny McCarthy, has taken several months to complete, with the support of local fabricating business Port Augusta Steel Centre.

“This unit is an excellent addition to our mobile training resources, giving us the benefit of providing confined space training to the mining and construction industry” Mr McCarthy said. 

Students learn how to work safely at heights wearing approved safety harnesses and other safety equipment, specially required for gaining access to the top of the container.  Their training incorporates completion of appropriated documentation, use of gas test monitors to test the atmosphere prior to entry, and wearing breathing apparatus while in the confined space unit.

The unit has already been used for confined space training for local industry within the York Peninsula and Mid North.