For any kind of rescue, service providers must know the procedures used to rescue people trapped by various hazards, including fire, explosions, cave-ins, toxic gas, smoke inhalation, free-flowing solids and water entering a confined space. In short, it is a highly specialised procedure.
For over 120 years, MRS has delivered confined space rescue services – making us the most experienced, and recognised Rescue Services company in the UK. We are renowned for our expertise in working in challenging environments and delivering a high quality, value-adding service.
Our rescue teams are highly trained, competent health and safety experts, all qualified as either rescue team leaders or rescue operatives as outlined in the National Occupational Standards Mines Regulations 2014, and all having a rescue operative’s “QCF” certificate.
Our teams are trained to offer specialist rescue from heights, as well as from high risk confined spaces.
All operatives are competent to use and service open circuit breathing apparatus (OCBA). They are also trained in first aid, with added trauma training, and are competent to use specialist emergency medical equipment. For example, First Aid at Work as approved by the HSE and awarded through MP Awards (award body), and Advanced First Aid (pain relief, resuscitation, blood clotting, defibrillation, transport).
We use breathing apparatus appropriate to the risk assessment and control measures identified within. This can be either apparatus rated for 20 minutes wearing time, or the BG4 re-breather which is rated at 4 hours wearing time. As well as this, we have escape breathing apparatus from 10-minute duration through the range up to 4 hours.
When providing rescue services for our customers we would typically organise the following:
Arrange to meet with the client on-site, make an initial assessment of the work area and advise on hazards and risks. We then advise on control measures to minimise those risks to an acceptable level. We also put in place control measures for rescue should it be required.
Issue a risk assessment including first aid, safe system of work and a rescue plan.
Assess and inspect the confined space or risk area immediately prior to anyone entering and works commencing, to establish that the risk assessment remains valid and suitable on commencement of the work, and throughout the work period, or when individuals are in the confined space.
Ensure all personnel entering or working in the confined space or at height are competent and are provided with a safety briefing.
Ensure all rescue equipment used in the confined space or work at height is fit for purpose.
Monitor/record and observe all personnel entering and exiting the confined space.
Monitor the environment in the confined space and advise if any change to the risk assessment is required.
If the rescue team must perform a rescue, then the rescue plan will be implemented immediately, and a rescue will be instigated.
The rescue team will provide the liaison with other emergency services regarding casualty handover and further requirements.
Confined space rescue
Our operatives have the skills, competence and experience to provide medically trained technical rescue teams and associated equipment for confined space rescue.
Recognised within the Mines Regulations 2014 as a specialist rescue services provider, and part of the national mines rescue scheme, ensuring we manage and maintain a technical rescue and emergency response service.
As the maintenance manager of the brewing department at Heineken, Tadcaster, I have dealt with you for several years whereby you have provided rescue cover in all departments from kegging to brewery to the boiler house. During the years I have found you all to be honest, reliable, hard-working, conscientious and courteous. Your attention to detail with providing us with up-to-date risk assessments and emergency arrangements are of a high calibre which aligns with the requirements of Heineken procedures. Having MRS on site gave my staff the confidence to know that should something go wrong, the very best are in attendance to rescue them should it be required.
, Maintenance Manager, Heineken
Many thanks to you and your team for your assistance with the work in the SRH THQ duct area on Thursday 1st June. Their attendance and safety cover provided was very reassuring on the day and also very there very flexible approach regarding the possibility of finishing later than planned.
Ashley Johnson, Estates Officer, City Hospitals Sunderland
As ever, very happy with the service provided, the lads were very accommodating with the different people who entered the confined space ensuring we were all safe at all times
, Liberty Steel
Great organisation who are knowledgeable, considerate and professional to the highest standards. They provided exactly the services we needed on our works and were flexible to the inevitable changes on site.
, Vital Energi Utilities Ltd
Service was excellent and the guys are very knowlegdeable
For over 100 years, MRS has provided its specialist skills, experience and knowledge to effect the rescue and escape of mine workers from underground. Read more about our historic heritage, and how it has impacted on our present and future, by clicking here
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