Confined Space Rescue

What Is a Confined Space Rescue?

Confined space rescue refers to the specialised operations carried out to save individuals who become trapped or endangered within confined spaces. These spaces, such as tanks, silos, sewers, and vaults, are characterised by their limited entry and exit points, making emergency responses particularly challenging.

Confined spaces often pose significant hazards, including toxic atmospheres, low oxygen levels, and restricted movement. In such high-risk environments, immediate and expert intervention is crucial. Here at Severn Access, we offer a range of industry-leading confined space rescue services.

Our expert team of confined space rescue specialists ensure that all of our rescues are carried out with exceptional care and precision, rescuing individuals as safely and efficiently as possible. If you're in need of expert rescue services, contact the confined space specialists today.

Severn Access' confined space rescue team carrying out an underground rescue.
A Severn Access confined space specialist carrying out a confined space rescue

When Do You Need a Confined Space Rescue Team?

A qualified confined space rescue team is essential whenever work is conducted in environments classified as confined spaces, as mandated by the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. These regulations ensure the safety of individuals working in high-risk environments. Situations that might necessitate a rescue team include:

  • Maintenance and Repairs: Routine maintenance or unexpected repairs in confined spaces require a standby rescue team to ensure worker safety.
  • Inspections: Regular inspections in hazardous areas may pose risks that necessitate a prepared rescue team.
  • Emergency Situations: Any unforeseen incidents, such as equipment malfunctions or sudden health issues, require immediate rescue operations.
  • Hazardous Work: Tasks involving dangerous substances or processes, such as welding or chemical handling, increase the need for a specialized rescue team.

By adhering to these regulations, Severn Access ensures that all confined space operations are conducted safely, efficiently, and in full compliance with legal requirements in the UK.

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Severn Access: The Confined Space Rescue Specialists

Our experienced confined space rescue team consists of highly trained professionals who possess a deep understanding of the complexities and hazards associated with confined spaces. We are adept at handling various scenarios and managing risks during a given rescue operation.

Our confined space teams are also proficient in adopting rope access techniques. These techniques are not only used to facilitate the access and egress of the confined space but also play a crucial role in the overall rescue plan. This method ensures that our teams can efficiently and safely reach individuals in need of rescue.

By liaising with our clients and leveraging our extensive experience, we devise well thought-out rescue plans and execute them with precision using state-of-the-art equipment. This collaborative approach ensures that all potential risks are mitigated and the most effective rescue strategy is implemented. If you're in need of confined space rescue services, contact Severn Access today.

Two Severn Access technicians carrying out a confined space rescue underground
A Severn Access Confined space specialist in a tunnel performing a confined space rescue

What Confined Space Services Do We Offer?

At Severn Access, we provide a comprehensive suite of confined space services across the UK designed to mitigate risks and enhance safety:

  • Consultancy: We help categorise confined spaces and provide detailed risk assessments and method statements. A site visit by our expert personnel ensures a thorough report with recommendations and advice.
  • Top Man/Woman Service: Our Top Man/Woman Service oversees and facilitates personnel entry into confined spaces. Responsibilities include managing paperwork, checking equipment, monitoring atmospheric gas levels, and ensuring the wellbeing of entrants.
  • Standby Rescue Teams: Our qualified and experienced rescue teams are fully equipped to perform rescues. We determine the necessary equipment, such as tripod winches, full breathing apparatus, and intrinsically safe lighting, in liaison with our clients.
  • Rope Access Techniques: Our teams can employ rope access techniques for both entry and rescue, particularly when other access methods are unsuitable.

Do I Need a Confined Space Rescue Plan?

Yes, a confined space rescue plan is essential for ensuring the safety of all personnel working in industries with hazardous workplace environments. This can include: Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Construction, marine, and shipping and more. Our confined space rescue plans include:

  • Risk Assessment: Identifying potential hazards and evaluating the risks associated with confined space work.
  • Rescue Strategy: Outlining detailed procedures for emergency situations, including the use of specialized equipment.
  • Communication: Establishing clear communication protocols for effective coordination during an emergency.
  • Compliance: Adhering to relevant regulations and guidelines, such as the UK Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 and HSE's Approved Code of Practice.

If you think you might need a rescue plan for your business/ workplace but not sure where to start, contact Severn Access today.

A Severn Access rescue technician carrying out a confined space rescue under a bridge
A Severn Access rope technician preparing for a confined space rescue on a roof

Why Choose Severn Access?

  • Unmatched Expertise: Our lead rope access technicians possess extensive knowledge and experience, capable of overcoming any challenge. With many years of experience in confined space entry and rescue, Severn Access boasts a wealth of expertise in this field.
  • Safety Compliance: We operate within HSE regulations, specifically adhering to the Safe Work in Confined Spaces, Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, and the Approved Code of Practice. Our team is fully trained and qualified in all aspects of confined space work and rescue management.
  • Professional Team: Severn Access prides itself on having a highly trained and experienced team in both rope access and confined space rescue management, ensuring every project is completed safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
  • Nationwide Service: Based in the Midlands, we provide rope access solutions throughout the UK, ensuring workplace structures are secure and workforces are safe. We have facilitated many high-profile rope access and confined space operations over the past decade.
  • Top-Notch Equipment: We provide clients with top-of-the-range confined space rescue equipment, including full breathing apparatus, intrinsically safe lighting, and tripod winches, ensuring the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

If you're in need of expert confined space rescue services, trust the specialists and contact Severn Access today. We will find a way to solve your access problem. We strive to find a solution.

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