Confined spaces are some of the most dangerous work spaces for employees. They are not only technically challenging for undertaking a rescue, there are often other risks present within the space from hazardous materials, poisonous gases, lack of oxygen, and danger from entrapment.
Emergency services are often not set up for confined space rescue, and where every minute counts, your workers can't afford to wait for an emergency service to turn up.
Planning for emergencies
To carry out work in a confined space, even one that is temporary, your business is legally required to have a set of confined space emergency arrangements in the event of an accident, whether or not arising from a specified risk.
There are three categories of rescue from confined spaces:
- Self rescue: this is the preferred method, as it takes far less time for an individual to remove themselves from the space than it would to send someone in to get them out.
- Non-entry rescue: in this type of emergency, the rescue removes the injured or incapacitated person from the confined space without anyone else needing to enter.
- Entry rescue: considered the last resort as entering places the rescuers in considerable danger. These types of rescues must be carefully planned, and the individuals carrying out the rescue must be well-trained and aware of their environment.
The best plan is prevention
Our approach to emergency arrangements and planning involves understanding how to prevent an accident in the first place. We will identify specific issues with each confined space on your site such as access, egress, atmosphere, monitoring, working at heights, and create a set of emergency plans to suit the site.
Once the arrangements are in place, we are able to offer you a range of on-site services from safety supervisors to rescue teams, or we can provide emergency training for your own personnel to ensure you meet your legal obligations.