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First - hand safety

Thursday, 29 November 2012

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Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) students recently had the chance to experience safety management on a large scale, thanks to Ferguson Seacabs Australia.

Located in Henderson, Ferguson Seacabs (FSC) is a multinational supplier of containers to the oil and gas industry.

Students were inducted to site by HSEQ Coordinator Kerol Rezic who shared her stories about what it’s like to manage health and safety activities in Henderson, Dampier and Darwin.

While the first group toured around the workshop observing painting tasks and forklift operations in the yard, the second group heard fromGeneral Manager Carol Pearce.

Ms Pearce  spoke about how the Ferguson Group works and highlighted key attributes required to be successful in the oil and gas sector.  

OSH student Graeme Matson said he really enjoyed the experience, which gave him a first-hand look at the industry. It  even set him up with a work experience opportunity.

“I learnt a lot about this particular industry through the visit, which helped to improve my understanding of Health and Safety,” he said.

“I now have a meeting with Kerol and Carol in a few weeks to discuss a work experience placement, which is great.”

Fellow student Jenny Harvey travelled from the south west especially for the visit.

“Visiting Ferguson Seacabs was an excellent opportunity to view an organised and proactive business and specifically to follow a case study of how a real life risk assessment was conducted and solutions decided upon and then evaluated,” she said.

“It was great to be able to link the theory we’ve learned to practice.”

Each student went home with a bag of FSC merchandise including a cap, pen, flash light, travel mug and a toolbox full of new experiences and enthusiasm.

The tour was a joint initiative between Kerol Rezic from FSC and Sophia Rossow from International Safety Services and ECU, with the aim of giving students an insight in to managing OHS, providing networking opportunities and opening doors to employment prospects.

For more information on studying OSH at ECU visit reachyourpotential.com.au.

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