Well, last week my station news article was a description of what is involved in the six monthly fire extinguisher audit, and the places it takes a plumber. This week I am glad to say that the job is complete, after approximately sixty hours.
The real point of this week’s spiel is to enlighten you on how I finished the job on a high. Literally. Saturday afternoon I climbed wind turbine one (for a brief time known as Hansel, we have two, the other was Gretel) to audit the single extinguisher forty five metres up in the turbine itself.
Accompanied by one of our electricians (Robbie), we harnessed up. After a refresher on how to operate the fall arrest trolley that we hook to that slides up the centre of the ladder, along with the do’s and don'ts of the system Robbie ascended ahead of me. We both completed ‘Safe Working at Heights’ courses before we left Hobart so it was good to put what we learned into practice.
Once at the top Robbie signalled me to begin the climb. It’s only forty five metres but the climb always seems longer, as does the view from the top looking down.
Once at the top it was photo time. I became so distracted by the spectacular views of ‘Mawson Town’ that I forgot all about the extinguisher audit and was preparing for the descent when Robbie asked me if I was going to do it! So, job done, and soon we were both back at ground level, and another extinguisher was ticked off the list, not to mention yet another Antarctic experience that not many can boast.