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BEST PRACTICE ALERT

Title: CONFINED SPACE RESCUE DRILL


Initial inspection of confined space & assessment of access to injured party. Done with ladder to increase response time to injured person. Installation of mobile scaffold for rescue purposes.

Preparation of rescue team for working & accessing at height. Designation of responsibilities done before task is started.

Attending to the injured person by Male Nurse. Securing proper neck protection of injured person is vital.

Securing patient on stretcher for extraction purposes to be done under supervision of trained first aider or Male Nurse.

Movement of injured to be a carefully planned & coordinated.

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NAME: MAURITZ JANEKE - SAFETY SUPERINTENDENT EMAIL: MAURITZ.JANEKE@alshafar.com

Raising & lowering of patient to be done by trained & competent persons only.

End of exercise where patient will be transferred to ambulance stretcher or examined outside confined space.

The confined space rescue drill was successful but there were a couple of points highlighted during the rescue that needs attention and improvement for preparedness and completion of the task in optimum time: 1. Proper access will be required at all times. Ladders and too small or light scaffolding is just not sufficient. Pulling the injured party from the top of an unstable scaffold just will not do. (Prerequisite with PERMIT). 2. The rescue stretcher manufactured for the use during the rescue was made from ducting sheets and steel piping. This needs improvement on some design issues and will be improved before the next attempt. 3. Stretcher ropes and straps are to be permanently installed on the stretcher so that they cannot be removed for any reason whatsoever. The ropes should be long enough to do a rescue out of a double height confined space and must be strong enough to hold at least double the intended weight of use. 4. All rescue equipment to be already in the vicinity of the confined space work (nearby) and all involved with the work needs to be informed of the purpose and use of these equipments. 5. Lighting and ventilation is essential for confined space work and needless to say for rescue as well. If the lighting were to be off, alternative light sources to be in place during the whole process. (Part of Permit system anyway). 6. A well trained and experienced rescue team should be assembled and trained for emergency situations like this and rescue from heights etc. Only use trained and competent persons to do this task. Neglect to do so and the rescue will do more harm than good. 7. Confined space breathing apparatus should be considered for rescue teams or at least have one set available for use by emergency team.

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NAME: MAURITZ JANEKE - SAFETY SUPERINTENDENT EMAIL: MAURITZ.JANEKE@alshafar.com