Confined Space Rescue

Operational Teams, Support and Training

First Intervention Confined Space Rescue Teams

“Around 15 people in the UK are killed in confined spaces incidents each year.” – IOSH.

How adequate are your risk assessment method statements and Safe Systems of Work?

Does your organisation have enough experience and depth of knowledge to deal with Confined Spaces?

Work in high-risk confined space areas can be dangerous and therefore any work carried out in a confined space has to be expertly prepared before any person enters the space. To be aware of the risks involved with confined space ensures you are compliant and demonstrates to your staff that their safety is of vital importance to you.

For over 20 years, First Intervention team have been industry leading specialists in providing specialist rescue teams nationwide for a variety of industries working in high risk environments. We take pride that many of our F.I.T rescue personnel are current or previously serving front line emergency service professionals from all sectors, that have a wealth of knowledge and experience in high pressure, life threatening situations.

We have dedicated standby rescue teams and specialist confined space rescue consultants who are highly experienced in confined spaces safety. Our team formations can be adapted to suit any high-risk operation, whether you want a full safety management service for a project or for our specialists to work alongside your less experienced team. Our experts are available for hire to all industries and companies who have a need to enter a confined space to complete a task during service and maintenance programmes.

Confined Space Rescue FAQs

What is a confined space and what classifies as a confined space?

A confined space can be any space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (e.g. lack of oxygen). 

What is confined space training, how often is it required, does it expire?

Working in a confined space has many foreseeable risks and adequate training on how to enter a confined space and work in a confined space is a requirement of the confined spaces regulations 1997. There is a difference between confined space health and safety awareness training and skills training of how to work in a substantially enclosed space that may have lack of oxygen, free flowing solids and other hazardous substances. 

An employer as a minimum MUST make employees aware of the dangers of working in a confined space and provide adequate training of the foreseeable risks and carry out a risk assessment that details a safe system of work. There are no regulations or legislation that states how often confined space training is required or expiry dates of any training or certificates. 

All health and safety training should be refreshed when ever it is felt necessary. 

What are the hazards of working in a confined space?

There are many hazards associated with confined space working. Some of the conditions may already be present but some may arise from the work being carried out, e.g. dust from a portable grinder, welding fumes and fumes from solvents or adhesives and other hazardous substances. 

How many confined spaces deaths are there per year? It averages around 15 in the UK and 92 in the USA. So working in a confined space is a very real hazard and adequate training for working in a confined space or to enter a confined space should always be carried out. 

Some other confined space hazards include...

A lack of oxygen –  this can occur when reactions occur in the confined space such as the formation of rust in steel tanks and the reaction of soil with the atmosphere in a trench.  

Poisonous gas, fume or vapour – for example a build-up in sewers and manholes or residues left in tanks, vessels etc, or remaining on internal surfaces, which can give off gas, fume or vapour. 

Liquids and solids – which can suddenly fill the space for example a burst mains water pipe or free-flowing solids such as grain in a silo. 

Fire and explosions – for example from flammable vapours, excess oxygen or high concentrations of dust e.g. in flour silos. 

Hot conditions – leading to a dangerous increase in body temperature. 

Do I need a rescue plan?

A detailed rescue plan must be in place for all confined space works, this plan can be outsourced to an external specialist company like First intervention Team, with over 20 years’ experience our confined space officers will visit your site a safety documentation folder to include but not limited to the following:

  • Safe system of work
  • Identify hazards associated within the working area
  • Rescue plan
  • Rescue team requirements
  • PPE/RPE required for entry
  • Safety equipment required for entry
  • Training required for entry
How much does a rescue team cost?

Due to the many variations of a rescue team a number of factors will contribute to the price of a team the factors that will to considered by First Intervention Team will be as follows:

  • Team formation of the rescue team required (3man – 4man)
  • Duration of the confined space works
  • Shift duration
  • Out of hours working
  • Additional safety equipment required
Do I need a top man?

A competent top man must always be in place when conducting confined space works, a top man provides line of sight, support, and cover for the confined space entrants, a top mans role is often understated it is important the top men used on to support confined space entries are trained and competent in the follow areas:

  • Top man duties
  • Radio communication
  • First aid
  • Confined space management

First intervention team can supply fully trained experienced top men to support confined space works, for high risk projects or multiple entry we can supply a confined space controller, a confined space controller has all the training of a top man including a level of experience and expertise to manage your confined space works safely.

Do I need (or what is) a Confined space register?

A confined space register is detailed report of each individual confined space located at your premises; the register will act a safety bible for all confined space works. First Intervention Team Rescue officers have vast experience producing confined space registers, we have produced these registers for a number of blue chip customers, our officers will visit your premises, locate all confined spaces, provide an asset number system, and provide a detailed report highlighting the following for each confined space:

  • Identify hazards associated with the working area
  • Safe system of work
  • Rescue plan
  • Rescue team requirements
  • PPE/RPE required for entry
  • Safety equipment required for entry
  • Training required for entry

Confined Space Training

First Intervention Team offer a full range of Confined Space Training and Confined Space Rescue Training.

We provide a wide range of FAIB, City & Guilds and ECITB approved training courses. Confined Space Rescue Courses are suitable for all personnel who are required to enter any confined space to assist or rescue an entrant in distress acting as part of a Confined Space Rescue Team.

Our courses are highly practical – and include conditions that replicate what a person may encounter when working in real confined spaces.

We have been tried and tested in the most demanding of environments and projects. We pride ourselves in taking on the knowledge and experience gained from each sector and implement this into our training to continually improve our skills.

Who we work for in Confined Space Rescue:-

Overview of qualifications for FIT rescue teams

  • Confined Space City & Guilds (6150 / 01-05)
  • Casualty Handling Techniques
  • First person on the scene (FPOS-I)
  • Advanced First Aiders
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Rope Rescue Operative & Supervisor
  • Working and performing rescue techniques in high risk environments rescue under SCBA
  • IOSH
  • CCNSG Safety Passport
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Defibrillator
  • Industrial Firefighting Operations (Levels basic – officer)
  • EUSR (Electrical & Clean Water)
  • Face fit tested
  • BA & Confined Space Medicals
  • Gas detection awareness and management
  • COSHH Awareness

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