Arboriculture student and lecturer testing out the new hard hats at the Houghall Campus

The GTI Of Hard Hats

Thu, 11/10/2001 - 01:00

A north-east college has taken delivery of some exciting state-of-the-art equipment to aid teaching and learning on its arboriculture and horticulture courses.

East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham has recently taken delivery of a brand new set of intercom helmets to aid communication between students and staff, following successful trails with the new technology.

Campbell Sinclair, an arboriculture lecturer at the College, said: “Communication between a trainee tree surgeon 50 foot up a tree with a chainsaw, and a lecturer on the ground can be difficult. So these new helmets have helped students and tutors greatly.”

The noise cancelling microphone on the 2talk Arborcom helmets filters out the background noise, allowing speech to be heard clearly and concisely. The excellent passive attenuation also ensures hearing is protected at all times.

“The helmets greatly increase safety and productivity through improved, reliable communication. They are a fantastic resource for the College to have and it really helps with the course,” Campbell said.

The helmets have been purchased by the Houghall Horticulture Training Consortium (HHTC) for use by the College’s short courses as well as mainstream courses.

Student Tom Williams, 19, from Easington Colliery, added: “There is no need for any hand signals, shouting and having to stop work, which makes it much easier to learn and get on with things.

“It’s great for students and tutors in a learning environment but they will also benefit industry as well. I feel much safer because usually you can’t hear a thing!”

The Houghall Horticulture Training Consortium (HHTC) is a group which has been set up to identify and develop training requirements for the College, local businesses and local authority departments involved in the land-based sector.

For enquires please contact Dawn James on 0191 375 4744 or email