Poor Training Results in Aussie Doorstaff Killing a Man in Restraint

Yet again another person has died from positional asphyxiation due to being restrained on the ground by two door staff in Sydney, Australia.

Although the two door staff were found not guilty the Deputy Coroner highlighted the fact that they were not properly trained in positional asphyxiation and, when giving evidence; “‘were unable to properly explain what positional asphyxiation was or the risks associated with the restraint of persons on the ground in a prone position”. You can read more of the story by going to: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/interstate-bouncers-can-put-lives-at-risk-20111208-1olge.html

The issue of SIA Licensing in relation to PI training for door supervisors is also something that we have written about in our new book – ‘What is Physical Intervention?’ which is due out very shortly.

It contains information directly from the SIA as to what door supervisors physical intervention training is designed for, the scope of the training as set by the SIA, as well as what employers need to consider if that scope does not meet the operational risk that door supervisors face and door supervisors require additional training.

In light of the amendments to the recent Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and the Work Related Death Protocol, this chapter of the book is most definately worth a read if you are a door supervisors or an employer of door supervisors and you want to understand clearly where you stand in relation to your accountability and liability.

To view the book go to: http://www.whatisphysicalintervention.co.uk


I am the Director and National Coach Tutor of NFPS Ltd., a specialist provider of Conflict Risk Management Consultancy and Training with specific expertise in Physical Restraint, Breakaway and Self-Defence. In addition to providing training, advice, consultancy and guidance on the physiological aspects mentioned above, we also provide training in NLP, Hypnosis and Meditation as these skills combined provide a holistic way to improve our psychology. By helping people improve both, their physiology and their psychology, we provide a complete and holistic approach to training and development.

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