While conducting NFPA 1410 drills, and unloading a portatank from the side of a tanker, one of the retaining straps came undone and the tank tipped, striking me in the head before my partner and I could get positive control of it. The tanker was parked at a bit of an angle, and my partner had not worked with this particular apparatus before. It was an extremely hot day, and very tempting to be down to just turnout pants and a t-shirt seeing as it was ‘just training’. But we were in full PPE.
Everybody needs to do ‘walkthroughs’ before going on to time-trails; even on seemingly innocuous tasks. Without the PPE I would have suffered a bad gash at least, or possibly a more serious head or neck injury. No harm done because we followed the rules in spite of discomfort.