Confined Space Rescue

Confined Space Rescue

Of all the fatalities that occur annually, within confined spaces in the UK, 65% are would-be rescuers so it is essential that trained and competent rescue teams are used. This is not only to ensure your full compliance with Regulation 5 of the Confined Space Regulations – but to save lives!

We provide the perfect solution to this mandatory legal requirement as our confined space rescue teams are all members of the UK Fire & Rescue Service. All our team members are trained and competent with many members being USAR trained, whilst others operate from various Rescue Units within their Fire & Rescue organisation.

We are highly experienced in:

  • The production of rescue plans and RAMS to complement a confined space risk assessment

  • Safe entry procedures

  • Atmospheric testing

  • The use of self-contained breathing apparatus

  • The use of air lines and / or re-breather sets

  • Advanced trauma care & life support

  • The use of an AED

  • Rope rescue techniques

  • Emergency services liaison

What is Regulation 5 of the Confined Space Regulations?

Regulation 5 of the ‘Confined Spaces Regulations 1997’ states:

“You must make suitable arrangements for emergency rescue which will depend on the nature of the confined space, the risks identified and the likely nature of an emergency rescue. You should not rely on public emergency services.”

What is a confined space?

A confined space is defined under the Confined Space Regulations 1997 as any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk.

Specified risk means a risk of:

  • Serious injury to any person at work arising from a fire or explosion

  • The loss of consciousness of any person at work arising from an increase in body temperature

  • The loss of consciousness or asphyxiation of any person at work arising from gas, fume, vapour or the lack of oxygen

  • The drowning of any person at work arising from an increase in the level of liquid

  • The asphyxiation of any person at work arising from a free flowing solid or the inability to reach a respirable environment due to entrapment by a free flowing solid

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