Hazardous Area Response Team
HART Services - provide a response team based in Glasgow.
Planned or not, many people find themselves in difficulties, requiring rescuers to use specialist equipment and technical skills to access them and transport to a place of safety. Remote location sites, cliffs, shafts, confined spaces, tower cranes, wind turbines, multi-story buildings, communication masts & towers, powered work & access platforms, cable suspended & hydraulically operated maintenance cradles are all prime areas for a technical rescue.
The team specialises in technical rescue and have equipment to access and egress at height & in confined spaces, we utilise a wide range of extended skills such as Paramedical, Advanced Life Support, Breathing Apparatus & Airlines, Rope access & Line rescue, Using the best equipment e.g. Intrinsically safe lighting & communications, aerial stretchers, etc.
A World Record Abseil for sick kids: - In 1990 John Greenfield led a team of eight who completed the Longest Continuous Abseil, 197,000 feet in 10 hrs, from the Moat House Hotel in Glasgow to raise funds for Yorkhill Children's Hospital. This was the birth of the High Assess Rescue Team. In 2008 John resigned as director to form it as a Company: HART Services Scotland Ltd.
We take great pride in helping others: we have helped to raise over £300k over the past years to benefit such Charities as: The Royal Hospital For Sick Children, Glasgow & Edinburgh; Cancer Research UK; Breakthrough Breast cancer and Enable, to name a few.
Technical rescue operations- involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped at height or in confined spaces at, above, or below ground such as vaults, silos, tanks, tunnels and sewers.
Hazardous area rescues can be technically challenging due to the environment in which they occur. Confined and/or at height areas are often narrow and constricting preventing easy access by rescuers. They are usually unlit and poorly ventilated often containing hazardous materials in liquid or gas form which can be harmful or even fatal.
These hazards create a limited window in which to perform a rescue. The general rule is that after four minutes without oxygen, a person will suffer asphyxia resulting in either brain damage or death.
The urgent need to rescue someone often leads to ill-prepared rescue attempts.
Two-thirds of all workplace deaths occur attempting an unplanned rescue attempt of a colleague.
What is a Hazardous Area Response Team?
A response team comprises of a minimum of three crew members. One of the crew members will lead the team and act as top man/supervisor whilst the two remaining crew members will be the persons to perform the rescue should the need arise. A three man team is the standard response team however depending on the area to be covered and the number of personnel that will be working, a larger team may be required. The size of the response team needed should be identified in the risk assessment.
When would a response team be required?
A team would most commonly be required when carrying out work at height, in awkward to access & egress confined spaces at, above, or below ground level, in, on or near water. However the need for a response team would be determined by the risk assessment. If you are unsure to whether a team is required then we can risk assess the site to determine this.
What are the roles of the response team?
The response team will issue a method statement and a safe system of work and rescue plan.
The response team will inspect the area immediately prior to any works commencing to establish that the risk assessment, method statement, safety systems of work and rescue plan are valid and true at time of works commencing.
The response team will conduct a tool box talk/site safety brief with all personnel to be working in the area.
The response team will check that all personnel to be working in the area are trained and certified to the correct level.
The response team will check all equipment to be used in the area is certified and is in safe working order.
The response team will monitor all personnel entering and exiting the area.
The response team will monitor the atmospheric stability of the area and advise if additional precautions should be taken or if work should be stopped (Time out for Safety).
Should the need for a rescue arise then the plan will be followed and a rescue will be performed.
The response team will remain responsible for any personnel recovered from the area until they are deemed fit or are passed onto a receiving medical service.
For whom are the teams responsible for?
The response team is responsible for the safety of all personnel carrying out work in the area.
We work with the local authorities and client safety personnel at all levels.
What are the qualifications that our response teams hold?
The response team crew members hold the following qualifications:
Working in high risk confined spaces.
Emergency rescue and recovery.
IHCD First Person on Scene (FPoS) Intermediate with Oxygen administration & Defibrillator skills.
IOSH managing safety.
What rescue equipment is provided?
As standard we provide:
- Support trailer/Office
- Gas detection and monitoring equipment
- Respiratory protection including extended duration breathing apparatus & airline
- Individual man down alarms.
- Access equipment e.g. tripod, winch, harness, specialist access equipment, safety lines.
- Intrinsically safe lighting & communications
- Air mover/blower and air ducting.
- Medical gases
- Immobilisation equipment, medical crash bag and rescue stretchers.