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November 20, 2020
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Dangerous Trench Rescue -- Confined Space Rescue Training

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For a construction safety supervisor and many others in various industries, confined space rescue involves many scenarios and rescues, but none as dangerous as a trench rescue. Experts perform this type of operation when the walls of a hole or trench collapse, trapping someone inside. Once the original hole collapses, the chances of subsequent cave-ins increase to 500%. In addition to this, the operation can involve a few individuals or hundreds depending on the scope and situation. This makes a thorough understanding of the safety procedures a vital component. Mistakes could be catastrophic.

A Trench Confined Space Rescue

Experts use this form of operation any time a cave-in occurs trapping someone beneath the earth. Rescuers reinforce the walls of the collapsed hole and proceed by finding the best method for retrieving the victim. This precarious method holds dangers from subsequent crumbling and with the weight of earth. This isn't something a construction safety supervisor or other professional takes lightly. The sheer number of individuals involved often adds a certain difficulty and danger to the mission as well.

When it comes to equipment, workers use a combination of simple and advanced, standard and specific equipment. They will often use air-powered tools with shovels, hammers, and plywood to strengthen and support the weakened walls. Air circulation and monitoring equipment, specific communication devices, and other equipment used in confined space rescue events keep workers safe. In some instances, they may also use a small, flexible camera to help locate and assess missing people.

Trench Operation Training

Those training for trench confined space rescue will go through two main areas of instruction. The first portion of the course involves how to assess a situation. The rest of the course involves performing the operation and caring for those injured or hurt. Whether you are a construction safety supervisor or in an entry level position, everyone involved must be able to identify the reason for the accident, identify the debris patterns, and recognize any other hazards that may be present.

Reinforcing the walls of the damaged area and preparing it for entry are a large part of the next portion. Individuals will learn how to assess the area and learn how to support the walls with sheeting and shoring as well as soil classification. Then they learn the associated safety rules and procedures, the right way to dig while searching for someone. The next thing they learn is how to enter the hole, the Incident Command System, how to remove someone from the collapsed area, how to care for the injured, and completing the rescue.

In order to learn all of these steps, the course contains a significant amount of class time. Practical training involves several different types of events that use different types of holes and scenarios. This ensures everyone has a chance to work through the steps and is comfortable entering these situations.

Whether you are a construction safety supervisor or in an entry-level position, confined space rescue training will play an important role in your job. The level of care and attention you dedicate to the course could ultimately determine the success of the rescue and the health of everyone involved.


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