Derby-based training specialist, Develop Training Limited (DTL), has continued its drive to educate Britain’s businesses on the dangers of working in confined spaces with a series of interactive demonstrations at major construction event, the Build Show – part of UK Construction Week.
Show visitors and participants at Birmingham’s NEC had the opportunity to take part in live immersive learning using DTL’s custom-built mobile confined spaces unit during the 18th–20th of October, and were challenged to navigate the dark space while tackling real-life obstacles and simulated emergencies.
Lee Yearwood, Delivery Manager of safety training at DTL, explains: “When it comes to specialist training like this, there is a huge vocational element. Our demonstrations give observers an understanding of the manpower, controls and safeguards required for entry into confined spaces.
“We take them through all pre-entry, entry and emergency arrangements so they can visualise the practical application of this type of training, which is particularly important since the introduction of new confined spaces legislation.”
DTL’s specialised mobile confined spaces training unit has been used by some of the UK’s biggest companies on site and at DTL’s locations in Derby, York, Swindon, Linlithgow and Bolton and has been touring around the UK giving people a real life taste of the difficulties of working in cramped conditions.
The importance of confined spaces training has been highlighted after a number of horrific accidents, the most recent of which was a case in Hampshire involving workers in an apple farm who died after being sent into a sealed container.
More demonstrations are planned this year and the team believes the training on offer will help to prevent deaths and injuries in a variety of industries.