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Down under in Denmark 2017

Ramping up the feel good vibes for our health & wellbeing issue, we have a wrap up of Master Plumbers Australian intern in Denmark, Jack Dainer, who spent August and September learning the tricks of the trade from Copenhagen plumbers Henrik W Hansen. We’d like to offer our congratulations to fourth year apprentice Jack Dainer, who has stepped up to every challenge he faced as an apprentice plumber in Denmark on a four week working trip. He was also joined by Cooke & Dowsett apprentice Trent Crosbie, who was working with Finn L Davidsen in Copenhagen, arriving just a few weeks after Jack. Working on a range of domestic and roofing projects, Jack is looking forward to putting the skills he learned in Copenhagen into practice back home in Australia. Here’s what he has to say about his time over there. Why did you apply for the internship? I saw the opportunity to go overseas to be a plumber and I thought it sounded like just the thing I needed to boost my career. I emailed my Field Officer, Andrew and he told me to go for it. I completely forgot about the application until weeks later, when I got a phone call to say I had been successful. At first I thought it was a prank call. It took a while to sink in. It was the chance of a lifetime and I’d recommend anyone thinking of applying next year to go for it.

What kind of projects were you working on? I was working on a range of domestic maintenance and roofing projects, especially roof flashings, which is what the company specialises in.

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Talk us through the differences between Danish plumbing and Australian plumbing. What did you learn and what do you think we could learn from them? The bathrooms in Copenhagen were really small, which made working in them a challenge. I was impressed with how the Danish did their roofing. They believe that silicone is only valid for a few months so don’t use it. They fold and join everything three or four times before they deem it to be watertight and sealed. There’s a lot of work involved, but it looks much neater. I found it easy to adjust, even though I was using different tools. Interestingly, the guys I worked with adapted a lot of the tools themselves, they would buy a tool and customise it to suit the job they were doing.

This is the health & wellbeing issue – did you notice any differences over there with OHS practice in comparison to how we do things over here? There was a big difference! Australian standards are much more rigorous. I couldn’t believe that in Copenhagen, they wear runners, instead of steel cap boots. Not everyone wears helmets or PPE on site. For me it was hard to get my head around the fact that they don’t use the water barrier sandbags that we have. Instead, they use plastic poles with timber going through them to section things off. Everyone thought I was very safety-conscious because I wanted to wear ear muffs or safety glasses when I was grinding. They used ear muffs but not everyone used glasses.

Were you made to feel welcome? The company Director, Henrik Hansen, picked me up from the airport. He looked after me like a son, he took me to the zoo, the soccer and swimming with his children, as well as inviting me into his home. Henrik even took me to experience the typically Danish phenomenon of ‘winter bathing,’ which involves plunging into icy pools, followed by blasts in a sauna to warm up – an interesting way to wake up, but certainly made me feel a part of Danish culture!

Australian Magazine December 2017  

For over 25 years, Australian Plumbing has been the industry’s leading publication, delivering independent coverage of news and events.

Australian Magazine December 2017  

For over 25 years, Australian Plumbing has been the industry’s leading publication, delivering independent coverage of news and events.