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Confined Space Rescue Teams

Confined Space Rescue Teams

Confined Space regulations require the provision of arrangements for an emergency rescue and emergency plan. This must exist and be demonstrable before confined space work commences, so if you are about to undertake some work in a confined space, but are unable to provide and enact a rescue plan, then a confined space rescue team would be required.

Classified confined spaces may include:

  • Cargo Holds, Ductwork, Enclosed Drains, Open-Topped Chambers, Pits, Sewers, Silos, Slurry Pits, Storage tanks, Trenches, Vats and Vessels

If you are about to undertake some work in any of these environments, you will need a rescue plan and depending on the capabilities of those undertaking the work a confined space rescue team may also be required.

Our emergency response teams also include a 24/7 operational managerial support to provide additional back-up and assist relevant sites resolve incidents.

Confined space rescue specialists deployed by HFR Solutions are competent in providing:

Rescue plan creation and demonstration. (All credible scenarios relative to the specified risks identified will be practised and proved to ensure they are suitable and sufficient)

Rescue plan implementation

Safety attendant provision and supervision

Undertake rescues from confined spaces in the event of an incident, including complicated and high-risk spaces

 They are also able to deliver added value solutions such as:

Safety audits

Positive safety conversations, encouraging a positive safety culture during all activities

Provision of on-site training where required and appropriate


 Our confined space rescue team technicians display the following competencies and are qualified in:

  • Working in High Risk Confined Space
  • Competent in emergency rescue and recovery
  • Handle entrapment
  • Deliver advanced Trauma Care and medical response (trained to advanced first aid capabilities)
  • Fighting fires (as per National Occupational Standards)
  • Use of breathing apparatus to conduct searches and carry out rescues
  • Work at Heights (The Work at Height Regulations 2005 are relevant to confined spaces entry/exit procedures, as a large percentage involve vertical climbing/access/egress)
  • IOSH Managing/Working safely
  • Qualified in manual handling

 HFR Solutions have delivered confined space rescue teams for a vast array of projects and industries, including:

  • Chemical and petrochemical
  • High-risk and heavy industry
  • Site shutdown and outages
  • Power stations and energy
  • Steel manufacture and production
  • Tunnelling and pipeline projects

HFR Solutions provided our cement plant with first aid cover and rescue services including a site vehicle complete with various pieces of rescue equipment during a 4-week major overhaul of our Kiln 2, this included advice regarding our current safe systems of work and assistance with the emergency rescue plans required for our confined spaces".

Stuart Blackburn, Maintenance Planning Administrator