In response to client demand and the needs of industry in the western New York region, Allied Environmental Services (Allied) initiated a focused improvement and expansion of its confined space stand-by and rescue services in the first quarter of 2018. The expansion was centered around additional training, increasing the capabilities of the confined space team and upgrading of equipment.
According to Linda Grimmer, Branch Manager of the Allied Buffalo office, the additional training was rigorous yet necessary. “This is something that we take very seriously. When work is to be done in a permit-required confined space, the potential for injury is real”, Grimmer stated. “Our clients rely on us to evaluate and control inherently dangerous working conditions and to be at the ready should an emergency occur,” she added.
According to Grimmer, Allied’s confined space entry and rescue services go beyond simply standing by or being “on call” during the project. “We actually work closely with the facility owner and contractors on pre-entry planning, safety plans and permitting, and the overall scope of work to prevent life-threatening conditions from arising", Grimmer said. "Communication and planning are the key to a safe entry project”, she added.
The recent training increases Allied's on-site capabilities and number of certified technicians. Allied confined space rescue crews are OSHA 40-hr HAZWOPER certified, and meet OSHA and NFPA certification requirements for confined space entry and rescue. Allied utilizes NFPA-approved rescue and retrieval equipment and maintains state-of-the industry atmospheric monitoring and metering equipment.
For more information on Allied's confined space rescue services, please visit: http://www.alliedesi.com/services/industrial-services/confined-space-rescue« Back to Blog