At the end of January when Northern Kentucky was amid the frigid winter, Phoenix Services team members could be found in an unlikely location, swimming in a pool! It was all part of an Inland Water Survival Training course that took place over 2 days at Central Coast Dive Center outside of downtown Cincinnati. The course was attended by members from Nucor Steel Gallatin, Phoenix Services, and TMK IPSCO.
Phoenix Services at Nucor Steel Gallatin performs a unique service of unloading barges of Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) pictured below, from a floating dock on the Ohio River. The “DRI” Crews face many unique challenges in their day-to-day work, specific to the riverside environment they operate in.
Alfred Fox from On-Site Training, Inc. graciously traveled from Louisiana to Kentucky to instruct the course. The course consisted of a morning of classroom instruction covering such topics as in-water hazards, man-overboard scenarios, and rescue procedures. Following a well enjoyed lunch of Pizza, the afternoon session of the class took place in the Central Coast Dive Center’s pool, where the team members had to enter the water dressed in their work uniforms! During the pool session, the attendees were trained on proper use of ring buoys, water maneuvering skills, and surviving without floatation devices; amongst many other things.
What was unique about the pool session experience was that Nucor Steel Gallatin could provide two large water pumps that were used to create a current in the pool. The current simulated real-life conditions that could be faced by team members while working on the river. All in all, the Inland Water Survival Training course turned out to be a great success due to the cooperation of everyone involved; and the participants took with them new skills and valuable information that could one day save lives.