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    eliminate the known and potential hazards or even better engineer out the need for entry when possible If it s not possible or feasible and entry must be made then as part of OSHA s Permit Required Confined Space standard 1910 146 the employer must take action to protect its workers This regulation requires employers to develop and implement procedures for summoning rescue and emergency services for rescuing entrants from permit spaces and for preventing unauthorized personnel from attempting a rescue Planning for rescue of the entrant should always be approached in a logical hierarchy The first choice for rescue should always be self rescue However there are too many lads named Murphy lurking about to be able to rely on this as the only means of rescue That leads to the next option which is retrieval rescue This means that retrieval or rescue of the entrant s can be made without anyone else having to enter the space NOTE It s important to note that the hierarchy of rescue needs to be followed even when an entry rescue team is located on site For example when an entry is made into a simple vertical vault a retrieval system must be used even if a trained rescue team is standing by again preventing rescuers from having to enter the space unless necessary To facilitate non entry rescue retrieval systems or methods shall be used whenever an authorized entrant enters a permit space unless the retrieval equipment would increase the overall risk of entry or would not contribute to the rescue of the entrant The retrieval system shall include a chest or full body harness with a retrieval line attached at the center of the entrant s back near shoulder level above the entrant s head or in such a way to present a small enough profile for successful removal of the entrant In certain instances wristlets may be used The retrieval line shall be attached to a fixed point outside the space or to a mechanical device For vertical entries more than 5 feet in depth a mechanical device such as a retrieval winch or mechanical advantage rope system shall be available Relying on non entry retrieval rescue requires a thorough and honest assessment of the retrieval system s ability to function as intended should the need arise Are there any entanglement issues within the space that would cause the retrieval line to fail If the entrant must travel around any 90 degree corners or between levels will the retrieval line work Any and all potential causes of retrieval system failure would require the need to plan for entry rescue One of the advantages of non entry retrieval rescue is that oftentimes it can be performed by the attendant Modern retrieval equipment may utilize powerful gear reductions or rope mechanical advantages and are usually quite easy for the attendant to learn to operate It is encouraged and quite common for the attendant to be trained and capable of performing non entry rescue The attendant is prohibited however from entering the space to perform rescue unless properly trained and equipped for entry rescue which is the last option in the hierarchy of rescue NOTE Even if the attendant is trained and equipped for entry rescue he or she must be relieved by another authorized attendant before abandoning their attendant duties Entry rescue requires the rescuer s to enter the confined space thus possibly exposing them to the same hazards as the victim That s why it is critical for rescuers to be trained and equipped with the proper PPE to protect themselves from the hazards involved In fact OSHA states that if you don t have the proper PPE or training DO NOT ATTEMPT THE RESCUE This warning is driven by the great number of would be rescuers dying in confined spaces while attempting to save a life Safe successful entry rescue requires sufficient training in the proper techniques a proficiency in the use of the appropriate PPE and rescue equipment and the ability to recognize and identify the hazards and potential hazards in confined spaces Again it s important to keep in mind that there are many permit required confined spaces where non entry retrieval is a viable option and it should be used whenever possible Vertical utility vaults with no entanglement hazards horizontal entries with no corners or elevation changes are just a few The proper course is to always perform a thorough assessment of the space to determine which type of rescue will be needed and to make sure the appropriate rescue response is in place should the entrants need assistance read more In the Trenches with Santa Fe Fire Dept Tuesday October 19 2010 We received this great email and photo from Jan M Snyder Battalion Chief for the City of Santa Fe Fire Department Thanks for the feedback Chief I want to thank you for all your help and coordination this year with all the City of Santa Fe Fire Department has done with ROCO Last week s Technical Trench class was a huge hit the guys loved it and Tim Rich and Brent were great The quality of the ROCO programs and instructors has never failed us and we look forward to further training opportunities in the future read more Roco Canada Thursday October 14 2010 Pictured is our Rescue I Plus class September 20 24 2010 in North Vancouver BC Another great group of students from Canada Alaska and New York Roco Chief Instructor Tom Morgan and Instructor Randy Engemoen enjoyed getting to know the group and as you can see the weather cooperated nicely on picture day read more What pride to be Chilean Rescue effort galvanizes Chilean citizens Wednesday October 13 2010 By Greg Botelho CNN October 13 2010 3 40 p m EDT Copiapo which could have been the site of mass mourning had the miners rescue effort gone awry instead became home to a patriotic festival The strong national pride

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  • RescueTalk™
    and timely manner That s why we emphasize preplanning preparing and practicing for the most likely scenarios at your site Rescue preplans allow teams to plan for safe effective rescue systems that would include fall protection as part of the plan in fact the safety line system could be pre rigged bagged and ready to go The importance of preplanning for rescue is also addressed in OSHA 1910 146 k 1 v which refers to providing the rescue team or service selected with access to all permit spaces from which rescue may be necessary so that the rescue service can develop appropriate rescue plans and practice rescue operations Of course representative spaces are also acceptable As a final note where OSHA does not have a specific regulation that addresses a particular hazard or means of protection it may cite an employer for violating the General Duty clause which requires an employer to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards In citing under the General Duty clause OSHA can reference national consensus standards such as ANSI and NFPA to establish a recognized hazard and acceptable means of protection These consensus standards can also be invaluable resources for compliance guidance Note It is always important to follow your company s policies and procedures concerning emergency response operations as well as all relevant standards and regulations for your industry read more Tower Work and Rescue at Roco Training Center Thursday September 23 2010 Roco Chief Instructor Pat Furr teaches a three man team from Anchorage Alaska This Tower Work Rescue course was conducted at the Roco Training Center in Baton Rouge Louisiana Despite the summer heat of the deep south team members Tom Savage Nathan Munford and Jeremy Waltz learned some great skills and had a memorable time Thanks for choosing Roco for RESCUE read more BP Rescue Team trains in Baton Rouge Wednesday September 22 2010 The rescue team from the BP deep water oil platform Nakika trained last week at the Roco Training Center in Baton Rouge Pictured below is the team with Roco Instructors Russ Kellar and Keith Pridgen and Roco President CEO Kay Goodwyn The Nakika is only 8 miles from the Deepwater Horizon the site of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Because of its proximity the Nakika was used as a triage point for injured workers from the Deepwater Horizon There s no doubt these emergency responders have been personally touched by this disaster The team has been together for about four years and were eager to talk about how dedicated they are to safety on their rig In fact the Nakika boasts a 2 500 day stretch without an incident or injury They also say they love the Roco Blog thanks guys and safe travels back home read more Largest Group Yet Monday September 20 2010 38 students representing 11 companies from around the United States participated in Roco s Rescue I Plus class last week in Baton Rouge Here s a class photo with our six instructors from left to right Bobby Kauer Robert Soup Campbell Mike Adams Dwaynne Ardeneaux Troy Gardner and Terry Addison Also pictured is Equipment Manager Lisha Ezell left and Kay Goodwyn President CEO of Roco center To date this was the largest class Roco has put on at our training center read more Fort Worth Firefighters Quickly Switch Gears to Perform Trench Rescue Tuesday September 14 2010 Tom Vines rescue author shares this incredible report posted on FireFighter Nation Firefighters often arrive at the scene of a rescue only to find that the situation is completely different from what the 911 call reported This was the case on June 2 when the Fort Worth Texas Fire Department responded to a 911 call that reported a fallen construction crane with persons trapped Although this wasn t exactly what responders found when they arrived on scene the incident shows how with the right training and preparation it s easy to switch gears and successfully handle any situation Read more at FireFighterNation com read more Firefighter and Worker Die in Confined Space Incident Thursday September 09 2010 TARRYTOWN NY WABC A fire department official says oxygen levels were dangerously low in a manhole where a sewer worker and a firefighter died No cause of death has been established in Monday s deaths of sewer worker Anthony Ruggiero and Tarrytown firefighter John Kelly At firehouses throughout Tarrytown there are the ceremonial displays that no department ever wants to have to put up black and purple bunting and flags at half staff Inside the headquarters there s a memorial for one of the fallen men John Kelly Our prayers all go out to the families of these two men who were doing their jobs Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell said One of them a firefighter acting heroic and trying to save the other one Ruggerio was trying to clear a backup of sewage as part of his full time job in the village s Public Works Department He was overcome by fumes and collapsed Kelly had tried to save Ruggiero but also the fumes overwhelmed him as well Assistant Fire Chief John McGee said Tuesday that a hazardous materials team measured the oxygen level at 14 percent The normal amount of oxygen in air is about 21 percent He said he did not know if other deadly gases were detected Those are life threatening conditions that may have taken the men by surprise Village Administrator Michael Blau said neither of the men who died had put on a protective masks before entering the manhole He said autopsies were planned The deaths were being investigated by federal state and local agencies It s very very sad resident Susie Poore said I m speechless because I don t know even what to say I don t know what to say other than I must have said Oh my God 100 times already Both victims spent over 20 years as volunteer firefighters Ruggerio was a supervisor

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  • RescueTalk™
    entry was into an underground vault that housed a large water main The entrants were installing a new valve into the system Because the attendant had helped shut down and isolate the space he was familiar with the system in general Once the repairs to the valve were completed a call was made to re pressurize the line in order to make sure there were no leaks present The attendant ordered the entrants to exit the space while the pipe was brought up to pressure The entrants argued that they needed to be there to tighten up any leaks that might develop but the attendant was adamant that they leave the space As the pressure in the line climbed higher it ruptured and the entire vault filled with water in about 30 seconds It happened so fast that no amount of pre rigging for rescue would have saved the two entrants A well qualified attendant can have a definite impact on the entire project It is unfortunate that many times they are looked at as just some person standing outside the space instead of a key component in the overall safety of the entry operation About the author Bryan Rogers is a Roco CSRT Manager in Baton Rouge read more Safety Inspection of the Sked Basic System Friday July 30 2010 As with all rescue equipment it s extremely important to inspect your equipment before and after each use according to the manufacturer s recommendations Here are some tips from Skedco for inspecting your Sked Stretcher For the Sked Body Do a visual inspection of the plastic If there are cuts that go completely through the plastic especially at the edges or the grommets it should be taken out of service and replaced This is a very rare occurrence If the plastic is wearing thin and preventing the Sked from retaining its shape take it out of service Check all brass grommets If they are badly bent or coming apart they should be changed This may also require sewing a new strap into it Grommets can be replaced inexpensively by parachute riggers or any awning shop When it is done be sure the grommeting tools do not cut the inside of the grommet Grommets that are sharp inside can cut webbing or rope Check all straps for broken stitching discoloring usually white and fraying If straps are badly frayed discolored or if ten 10 or more stitches are broken replace the straps Horizontal lift slings Check for excessive wear broken stitches or severe discoloration If these conditions are found replace the slings Vertical lift slings 3 8 static kernmantle rope Check for severe discoloration and soft or thin spots Thin spots that are soft indicate damaged core If found cut the rope at that point and take it out of service All other webbing products should be inspected in the same way as the slings and Sked straps The carabiner should work smoothly when the gate is opened and closed Check for alignment Check the hinge pin for looseness The lock nut should work smoothly without hanging up at any point Failure at any of these points requires replacement A poorly functioning carabiner should be broken or destroyed to prevent others from using it by mistake If you have any doubts call Skedco for assistance read more Worker Falls to Death During Construction of Water Tower Thursday July 29 2010 A recent accident involving a worker who fell from height inside the mono tube of a water tower under construction underscores the need to have a thorough understanding of Fall Protection systems and practices required by OSHA while undertaking hazardous work activities It also emphasizes the importance of preplanning for rescue Be sure to read additional comments from Roco Chief Instructor Pat Furr at the end of the article Thanks to Dr Skip Williams for submitting this story EAST WINDSOR NJ A worker fell nearly 50 feet to his death inside a new water tower under construction in a rural area of the township police said The 56 year old man whose name police did not release was on a scaffold inside a tubular portion of the tower when he fell landing on a solid floor 30 feet above the bottom of the structure There was no water inside and the worker was wearing a full body harness said East Winsor Volunteer Fire Company No 1 Chief Kevin Brink one of the first responders on the scene Mounting a ladder and coming up through a trap door in the floor where the man fell Brink saw the man unconcious unresponsive and bleeding I tell you this I ve seen worse people living he said To me he was considered living until the paramedics pronounced him The tower he was working on rises about 80 feet above the trees and farmland on Millstone Road The familiar bubble shaped cap that will hold water is not installed yet and the structure yesterday looked much like a massive vase with a dull pyramid for a bottom and a cylindrical tube mounted on top A large crane had four metal lines grasping the top of the cylinder and smaller cranes and trucks dotted the mud and gravel lot set back from the roadway The victim an employee of New Castle Del based CBI Services fell around 10 30 a m and was working near the top of the cylinder Brink said Fellow workers called 911 and police firefighters and medical personnel rushed to the scene The man s colleagues entered a door at ground level and used ladders to get through the door at the bottom of the cylinder where the man lay As firefighters donned equipment and prepared a basket to rush the man to a waiting ambulance paramedics entered the structure and pronounced the victim dead We were just called out there for the actual rescue unfortunately the person didn t make it and it turned into a recovery Brink said Police

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  • RocoRescue.com
    RESOURCES ABOUT CONTACT LOGIN RocoRescue com WE DO RESCUE ERROR An error occurred Your web form must capture customer name and email address Please fix this issue and re insert your web form on your web page 1 800 647

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  • Win a Roco Pocket Guide
    Other If other please explain Rescue Classes Taken at Roco Rescue How do you receive rescue training Internal trained within company External company sends rescuers off site How do you prefer to receive information on new rescue tactics promotions classes etc Mail pieces E Mail Social Media Which of the following do you use the most Desktop Computer Smart Phone Tablet Laptop Enter Word Verification in box below Subscribe to Rescue Talk News Updates Roco Rescue is giving away a Roco Pocket Guide valued at 35 to two lucky winners No purchase is necessary to enter Purchases will not improve chances of winning One entry per person An entrant must be 18 or older at the time of entry and a legal resident of the United States and Canada Employees and immediate families of Roco Rescue are ineligible Void where prohibited or restricted by law Winner Selection An entrant will be selected in a random drawing by Roco Rescue on the 1st of every month and will be notified via email The selected entrants will then have 48 hours to claim the Pocket Guide by return email to Roco Rescue Failure to claim the Pocket Guide within 48 hours will result in disqualification of that entrant and a replacement will be randomly selected from remaining eligible entries and the process repeated until the selected entrants claim the Pocket Guide within 48 hours of notification The winner will then be announced via Roco Rescue s Blog Each email account will count only as one entry regardless of the number of scans submitted to Roco Rescue Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received Agreement to Rules By entering an entrant agrees to be bound by these rules and agrees i to release and hold harmless Roco Rescue from

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  • INVISIBLE HAZARD KILLS AGAIN
    We do this all the time and we ve never had a problem Or We ve entered this space a thousand times and the air is always good Remember this IT DOES NOT MATTER This entry has nothing to do with the last As you read of yet another unfortunate incident let it be a reminder to those of us who make entries or do rescues from confined spaces do not let your guard down do not get complacent it could be deadly Atmospheric hazards are still one of the leading ways that people are dying in confined spaces Because humans are visually oriented by nature if we can see a hazard we ll protect ourselves from it However if we can t see it we tend to assume it s safe OSHA s 1910 146 PRCS standard and others were developed for a reason people were making tragic mistakes and dying in confined spaces These standards and guidelines are written so we don t make the same mistakes OSHA FINES UTILITY FIRM 118 580 FOLLOWING WORKER S DEATH OSHA has cited a contracting and utilities company for two willful and two serious safety and health violations following the death of a worker at the company s Texas facility Proposed penalties total 118 580 An inspection was initiated by OSHA on June 28 in response to a report that employees working on a new sewer line were exposed to inhalation of a hazardous chemical One employee who entered a manhole to remove a plug in order to flush out accumulated debris became overwhelmed by toxic fumes and died Another employee was hospitalized after attempting to rescue his co worker The willful violations are for failing to test for atmospheric conditions and provide adequate ventilation and emergency retrieval equipment prior to

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  • Atmospheric Monitors: “Calibration vs. Bump Testing”
    of the monitor involves using a certified calibration gas in accordance with the manufacturer s instructions This includes exposing the instrument sensors and allowing the instrument to automatically adjust the readings to coincide with the known concentration of the calibration gas Or if necessary the operator will manually adjust the readings to match the known concentration of the calibration gas In addition to using a certified calibration gas appropriate to the sensors being targeted do not ever use calibration gas that has passed its expiration date The best practice is to use calibration gas tubing flow rate regulators and adapter hoods provided by the manufacturer of the instrument The frequency of calibration should also adhere to the manufacturer s instructions for use or if more frequent the set protocol of the user s company or facility Once the monitor has been calibrated it is important to maintain a written record of the results including adjustments for calibration drift excessive maintenance repairs or if an instrument is prone to inaccurate readings Each day prior to use the operator should verify the instrument s accuracy This can be done by completing a full calibration or running a bump test also known as a functional test To perform a bump test use the same calibration gas and equipment used during the full calibration and expose the instrument to the calibration gas If the readings displayed are in an acceptable range compared to the concentrations of the calibration gas then that is verification of instrument accuracy If the values are not within an acceptable range then a full calibration must be performed and repairs replacement completed as necessary Modern electro mechanical direct reading atmospheric monitors have come a long way in recent years in terms of reliability accuracy and ease of use But they

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  • What does it mean when my atmospheric monitor gives negative or minus readings?
    the contaminant that is present For example a monitor that is powered on in an atmosphere that contains 10 ppm of a contaminant and then moved to fresh air may display a reading of minus 10 ppm Even more troublesome if that same monitor is then brought to a confined space that actually contains 25 ppm of the contaminant it may display a reading of only 15 ppm As you can see this could easily lead to the improper selection of PPE for the entrant and result in a confined space emergency As always it is very important to consult with the manufacturer of your particular atmospheric monitor in order to determine how to use it properly Don t take any chances with this critical part of preparing for confined space entry or rescue operations Previous Next New Stuff Atmospheric Monitors May NOT Detect All Dangers Roco QUICK DRILL 10 Tripod Quick Drill Service Life Guidelines for Rescue Equipment NFPA Issues New Guide for Confined Spaces Gravedigger Engulfed In Cave in of Unguarded Grave Hot Topics ATMOSPHERIC HAZARDS 6 CONFINED SPACE 58 EQUIPMENT 36 FALL PROTECTION 16 FIRE FIGHTERS 1 HOW TO VIDEOS 6 INCIDENTS 27 MISCELLANEOUS 40 NEWS 90

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