Glencore's first aid win

GLENCORE’S West Wallsend team has emerged victorious at the Coal Services first aid competition held last week at the Newcastle Mines Rescue station in New South Wales.
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One of the scenarios in the 2015 Coal Services first aid competition.

Robert Hobson

Twelve teams, including participants from Bulga open cut, West Wallsend and Drayton, were put through their paces in realistic and high-pressure simulated events to test their first aid skills.

The competition made use of 45 volunteers – including actors – to increase the realism of the scenarios.

CS Health Partnership and Innovation manager Kristy Prior said skilled, on-site first aid teams were an important asset for local mines, especially those in remote areas.

“The skillset of a first aider is really quite broad and includes the ability to identify hazards, keep a casualty calm, assist with pain relief where possible, provide leadership and work together quickly with others,” she said.

“These skills are critical in the event of a medical emergency, whether it be at work to assist a mate, out in the community or helping a family member at home.”

Prior said the number of participants had doubled since last year, which showed the industry’s support for the event.