Over recent months we have found more requests for entering confined spaces as part of our utility survey works, as we already have personnel trained in the Level 2 City and Guilds Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Water UK).
Based on our confined space entry experience, codes of practice and client requests, last week four members of the team completed the City and Guilds Level 3 Courses for Working in High Risk Confined Spaces and Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties in a Confined Space.
This training provides an additional dimension to our utility survey skill set allowing us to be self-sufficient during an entry or offer the rescue team element to our clients undertaking entry to confined spaces structures for works not relevant to what we would normally be involved with.
The training was provided by Citrus Training at their Irthlingborough centre where the candidates passed the written exams and the intense and very physical practical exercises to complete the qualification.
Of course, we all hope that this is the kind of training which we never need to put into practice, but confined spaces can be dangerous and accompanied by regular drills and exercises, we can be sure that we have the necessary skills should we be called into action.