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Know Your Responsibilities

Wherever workers are working at height, high angles or in confined spaces, it is the employer’s legal responsibility to provide an effective rescue and evacuation plan. HSE regulations require that employers are fully prepared for this before work even begins.

Rope rescue or confined space rescue teams are often legally required in the workplace but all too often the employer’s answer is:

"We don’t need a rescue team, we will call 999 for that..."

This is increasingly criticised as inadequate by the UK’s Emergency Services authorities, who say it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that prompt rescue is provided.

Another consideration should be that the UK Fire and Rescue Services have variable technical rescue capabilities from area to area, a company is ultimately accountable for recognising that technical rescue teams may not be immediately available when needed and plan accordingly.

Failing to meet legal obligations to facilitate prompt rescue may result in criminal charges to any and all senior members of an organisation, if serious injury or death is the result. Churchill Specialist Contracting can assist companies in meeting their requirements and ensuring the safety of all employees.

Our services include:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Risk Mitigation
  • OH&S Planning
  • First Aid and Medical
  • Rescue Planning
  • Rope Access Rescue
  • Confined Space Standby
  • Hazardous Atmospheres

"Assisting employers to meet health and safety regulations in the workplace"

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