Practical training for tight spaces

ZNX workers demonstrate breathing apparatus and safety procedures in a game escape simulation exercise
ZNX workers demonstrate breathing apparatus and safety procedures in a game escape simulation exercise

ZNX Network Services Victoria has invested in a confined space simulation training environment. The facility, the first of its kind in the state, is a response to fatalities in high-risk spaces – something which ZNX HSEQ manager Anita Green said happens far too frequently.

“Typically training has always been very theoretical, rather than practical, and a key factor in an emergency is not knowing how people will
respond emotionally, especially in claustrophobic, often dark, settings,” she said.

“Having practical training in a confined space can help the workers be prepared physically and emotionally so they can think clearly and don’t just react in a crisis or high risk situation.”

ZNX gas systems operations worker John Granat has worked in the field for more than 12 years and considers himself a confined space specialist. Descending up to 20 pits a day in the course of his job, he describes the confined space simulation space as “an exact replica of what’s in the field and the best training facilities in the industry”.