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  • Trench Training: A Careful Balance Between Realism and Safety
    Span of control is the number of people one can effectively manage The more technical or hands on a training course is the smaller the number of people a single instructor can safely control In rope training techniques and teaching may occur at multiple levels on a structure For example pick off techniques or patient packaging in a simulated confined space rescue exercise Certain techniques may require additional instructors at various levels to monitor students going over an edge and at the pick off level Or with a confined space scenario it may require an additional instructor to be physically located in the space to make sure patient packaging connections are correct prior to raising or life loading the line Sometimes with in house training personnel can become complacent with double checking all systems or having that extra set of eyes from an uninvolved participant That s why it is so important that every training exercise is carefully planned and followed through in all areas When training a group of your peers it can often be difficult to prevent freelancing and to keep everyone on the same page A well planned training session will include a review of safety issues at the start every time The briefing should explain what will be covered and allowed or not allowed during the training This will help students to understand that it s more than just a play session and will hopefully reduce the temptation for freelance activities It s important for trainers and rescuers alike to watch this video The training is being conducted in a live trench which is definitely more realistic and more real world than setting trench panels between two containers It is also more dangerous The instructor ratio training and skills must be competent for the task Acceptable conditions must be re evaluated constantly and discussed between instructors In some cases like this one a dangerous condition can be presented when students remove trench panels and equipment This is the time to stop a class and halt all operations During this particular session there was a large crack or separation in the dirt which made the weight of the dirt unstable As you will see this caused the collapse of a large portion of the trench wall In this particular situation it was simply not worth trying to recover the trench panels at the cost of safety The students were informed of the danger how it was detected and how it could be resolved Just remember no piece of equipment or gear is worth injuring a student or instructor After everyone was informed of the danger of an impending collapse the decision was made to let the wall collapse and to video it as a learning tool for that class and future classes This video will give you a very clear picture of the speed and force that can occur in a trench collapse As you can see the proper precautions were taken during this exercise in order

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/roco-rescue-blog/live_trench_training_video (2016-02-15)
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  • Trench Rescue…A thinking game
    s going to collapse again Watch this new video on the importance of Trench Rescue Training where Miller describes hazards of trench work and offers 5 tips for safer trench rescue practices Five helpful tips for Trench rescue 1 Personal accountability Know where all your rescuers are at all times 2 Keep the area clear Often the first reaction in a trench collapse is to look which adds more weight on the sides of the trench increasing the likelihood of collapse 3 Work from a safe area Spread out the weight around the trench e g laying wood down around the trench before stepping near or around it 4 The best trench rescue is a non entry rescue If possible get the trapped victim to begin digging himself out by giving him the right tools right away This gives the victim something to focus on while first responders develop an action plan 5 Donʼt get in over your head If you are not trained wait Donʼt create more victims Miller urges all first responders EMS fire department police department and industrial rescue teams to receive at minimum an Awareness level of training in Trench Rescue First line supervisors are encouraged to advance to the Technician level training Roco offers a 20 hour Trench Rescue Technician training course Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE 58 EQUIPMENT 36 FALL PROTECTION 16 FIRE FIGHTERS 1 HOW TO VIDEOS 6 INCIDENTS 27 MISCELLANEOUS 40 NEWS 90 OSHA MEMORANDUM 2 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 36 QUICK DRILLS 12 REGULATIONS 31 SAFETY 55 STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE 5 TECHNIQUES

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/roco-rescue-blog/trench-rescue-a-thinking-game (2016-02-15)
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  • Trench Warning from OSHA
    have been seriously injured OSHA has three new guidance products to educate employers and workers about the hazards in trenching operations The new products include a fact sheet QuickCard and a poster that warns An Unprotected Trench is an Early Grave The three documents may be ordered in English and Spanish language versions from the Publications page of OSHA s web site See the news release for more information Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE 58 EQUIPMENT 36 FALL PROTECTION 16 FIRE FIGHTERS 1 HOW TO VIDEOS 6 INCIDENTS 27 MISCELLANEOUS 40 NEWS 90 OSHA MEMORANDUM 2 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 36 QUICK DRILLS 12 REGULATIONS 31 SAFETY 55 STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE 5 TECHNIQUES 23 TRAINING 6 TRENCH 10 RescueTalk RocoRescue com has been created as a free resource for sharing insightful information news views and commentary for our students and others who are interested in technical rope rescue Therefore we make no representations as to accuracy completeness or suitability of any

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/roco-rescue-blog/trench-warning-from-osha (2016-02-15)
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  • In the Trenches with Santa Fe Fire Dept
    your help and coordination this year with all the City of Santa Fe Fire Department has done with ROCO Last week s Technical Trench class was a huge hit the guys loved it and Tim Rich and Brent were great The quality of the ROCO programs and instructors has never failed us and we look forward to further training opportunities in the future Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE 58 EQUIPMENT 36 FALL PROTECTION 16 FIRE FIGHTERS 1 HOW TO VIDEOS 6 INCIDENTS 27 MISCELLANEOUS 40 NEWS 90 OSHA MEMORANDUM 2 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 36 QUICK DRILLS 12 REGULATIONS 31 SAFETY 55 STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE 5 TECHNIQUES 23 TRAINING 6 TRENCH 10 RescueTalk RocoRescue com has been created as a free resource for sharing insightful information news views and commentary for our students and others who are interested in technical rope rescue Therefore we make no representations as to accuracy completeness or suitability of any information and are not liable for

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/roco-rescue-blog/in-the-trenches-with-santa-fe-fire-dept (2016-02-15)
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  • OSHA Sites Company Following Trench Death
    moving 6 ft will reach an impact force equal to 45mph 2 feet of soil on a person s chest will create 700 1 000 lbs of pressure 18 inches of soil covering a body exerts up to 1 800 to 3 000 lbs of pressure Here s a recent fatality that occurred when workers were installing storm drains in Alamo Texas OSHA has cited M G Equipment Group Ltd doing business as M Construction with two alleged willful and six alleged serious violations following the death of an employee in March 2010 who was working in a trench installing a storm drainage system A company s failure to protect its workers from cave ins is simply unacceptable said Michael Rivera OSHA s area director in Corpus Christi Texas If OSHA s standards regarding proper trench sloping shoring and shielding were followed it is possible this tragedy could have been avoided Serious citations were issued for failure to provide workers with safe egress when working in a trench keep excavated soil a safe distance from a trench use a properly designed trench shield and ensure workers are trained on excavation hazards A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known Proposed penalties total 53 550 OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse Detailed information on trenching and excavation hazards is available on OSHA s Web site Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/roco-rescue-blog/osha-sites-company-following-trench-death (2016-02-15)
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  • RESCUE I-PLUS™
    responders called to incidents in municipal or industrial environments Realistic scenarios guided by Roco s professional instructors give students skills into practice as part of a student team The first step in our Rescue Technician Certification program Rescue I Plus offers foundational skills in Confined Space and Rope Rescue as well as Rescue from Fall Protection OPEN ENROLLMENT DATES Rescue I Plus April 18 22 2016 Rescue I Plus Aug

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/rescue1plus (2016-02-15)
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  • RESCUE TECH II™ - Certification
    the core skills learned in Roco Rescue I Plus it will complete the skill requirements of Chapter 7 NFPA 1006 1670 for Confined Space Rescue Technician level skills and team response capabilities will be enhanced by extensive hands on teaching stations and realistic problem solving exercises including on air simulated IDLH scenarios It s also a great way to ensure that individual skills proficiency requirements are met and documented in accordance with OSHA 1910 146 Rescue Tech II will prepare students for Confined Space Rescue Certification testing which includes individual skills proficiency scenario based performance evaluations and written exam Roco certification is valid for two years and can be renewed by completing our Tech II Recertification program every two years NOTE This course completes the Confined Space Rescue skill requirements of NFPA 1006 Level II and NFPA 1670 Technician Level It also meets the Rope Rescue skill requirements of NFPA 1006 1670 with the exception of select skills such as rope ascension high lines and knot passing OPEN ENROLLMENT DATES Rescue Tech II Certification May 2 6 2016 Rescue Tech II Certification Oct 17 21 2016 COURSE TOPICS Safety Precautions Regulations Expanded Rescue Knots Expanded Anchoring and Rigging Expanded Safety

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/rescuetech2 (2016-02-15)
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  • FAST-TRACK 80™ with ProBoard & IFSAC by LSU-FETI option
    a nominal fee students can complete a written and skills examination conducted by LSU s Fire and Emergency Services Certification Division Upon successful completion of this certification process students will be eligible for ProBoard s certification registry Fast Track 80 is designed specifically for industrial rescue teams and offers Roco s Confined Space Rescue Certification in eight days This accelerated 80 hour course begins with core skills and concludes with certification testing based on the skill requirements of NFPA 1006 and 1670 Testing to a national consensus standard such as NFPA is also an excellent means of documenting individual skills proficiency in accordance with OSHA 1910 146 The course will quickly advance students to more complex confined space rescue scenarios along with elevated or high angle operations Rescue response capabilities will be enhanced by extensive hands on teaching stations and realistic problem solving exercises including on air simulated IDLH scenarios Roco Certification testing includes individual skills proficiency scenario based performance evaluation and written exam This certification is valid for two years and can be renewed by successfully completing our recertification program NOTE Fast Track 80 completes the Confined Space Rescue skill requirements of NFPA 1006 Level II and NFPA 1670 Technician Level It also meets the Rope Rescue skill requirements of NFPA 1006 1670 with the exception of select skills such as rope ascension high lines and knot passing which are offered in our Rescue Tech III or Fast Track 120 programs OPEN ENROLLMENT DATES Fast Track 80 March 3 5 7 11 2016 Fast Track 80 ProBoard by LSU FETI March 3 5 7 11 2016 Fast Track 80 May 12 14 16 20 2016 Fast Track 80 ProBoard by LSU FETI May 12 14 16 20 2016 Fast Track 80 Sept 22 24 26 30 2016 Fast Track

    Original URL path: http://www.rocorescue.com/fasttrack80 (2016-02-15)
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