Help-they are trying to drown me!
Industrial photography: noun The art of creating images in industrial environments.
Industrial photographers are a strange breed..we do something that is often creative and challenging then we make it more difficult by choosing to exercise our craft in some of the most difficult environments.
We often get to see really impressive engineering that most don't even think about in their daily lives, just switching on a kettle has a massive chain of infrastructure behind the creation of a cup of hot water.
To get access to many of the infrastructures need to make your morning 'wake-up' a reality requires us to have the same safety standards in place as those that are building, maintaining and producing the energy for your 'hot brown'
The offshore environment can be as hostile as space..but only closer. Tiny little engineered islands stand alone, often cut off from help if things go wrong, which is why safety and training is the No.1 priority when working offshore.
Getting to and from your worksite means helicopter transport over water, and safety dictates that anyone traveling this way should be trained to improve their chances of a positive outcome if things go wrong. Sea survival and procedures for exiting a ditching helicopter are a requisite of offshore life.
Having completed a week of offshore training you really get to understand how the safety culture is paramount to the industry, we all know about the disasters-mostly caused by systemic failures and the escalation of even small errors can be catastrophic really makes you think hard about your actions in the workplace.
I am now a holder of the following certifications:
Opito BOSIET BOSIET with CA-EBS MIST Offshore Medical Additional Norwegian Sector
P.S. Big thanks to AIS Offshore Training (http://training.aisgroup.co.uk/) for delivering a great course, and especially to Laura for making sure I didn't drown (although I was quite enjoying it at the end!)