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HFR Solutions was recently approached by the Sutton Bridge Power Generation (SBPG) Management team, at short notice, with a request to provide emergency response cover with advanced rescue and enhanced medical response capabilities, for the planned outage of their 850 MW gas-fired powered station, based in Sutton Bridge.
Case Study Requirements
A risk assessment undertaken by Sutton Bridge Power Generation recognised a requirement to deploy additional full-time emergency response specialists and safety attendants, to enhance their existing on site provision. With a peak of 150 contractors on-site, this helped meet legislative requirements, manage foreseeable risks in areas of the site that are not normally accessed and maintain general site safety.
The outage period was undertaken during the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, which presented the SBPG Management team with added logistical challenges. This resulted in the project focusing on risk-critical works, that could be completed in line with additional Covid-19 controls.
The project’s scope accounted for the hazards associated with the complexity of various structures and multiple, simultaneous confined space entries and the level of risk mitigation already in place (i.e. suitable access/egress, verified isolations and adequate ventilation etc).
Confined Space Rescue Standby Service
The SBPG Management team expected HFR Solutions site-based responders to ensure all legislative areas concerning their confined space entry and rescue were addressed. It was also necessary for HFR Solutions to be able to deliver enhanced first aid response and work at height rescue.
Workable rescue plans
Prior to the outage commencing, HFR Solutions visited the site and reviewed high risk and other work areas and then produced documented rescue plans, in accordance with Confined Space Regulations 1997 and Work at Height Regulations 2005. At the start of the Outage, these rescue plans were tested to ensure they were achievable, should such an event occur.
Testing casualty extraction and rescue
The ERT team executed a simulated exercise which focused on a contractor sustaining a leg injury after exiting a confined space, located on level 5 of the Heat Recovery Steam Generator. This tested the ERT team’s capability to respond, treat, package (place in a stretcher), rescue and lower the casualty to ground level safety.
The exercise was based on credible scenarios identified from the risk profile and was discussed between SBPG Management and HFR Solutions before delivery. Upon completion, a full debrief took place to review outcomes and a report was provided as evidence of completion.
The HFR Solutions team managed the following client expectations;
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