PPSI personnel have been providing tank cleaning services requiring confined space entry for over 25 years. The owners of PPSI saw a growing need for a dedicated confined space rescue team for our own use as well as for other entry contractors in the industry.
Some of the more senior and experienced employees of PPSI form our in-house confined space rescue (CSR) team. We have provided confined space rescue standby several times for major energy production companies in the state of Virginia since starting this division in early 2016.
In the process of forming the actual team and developing this division, we decided to surpass the service, level of training, and equipment currently being provided by other “CSR” providers in our area.
The basic training that is required by OSHA for employees who perform confined space entry includes sections that describe the specific duties of the supervisor, entrant, and attendant. This basic training also briefly address’s confined space rescue, and basically states; do not perform an entry type of rescue unless specifically trained to do so. Many companies mistakenly confuse this short section of the basic training with “Confined Space Rescue Training”. In contrast, all members of the PPSI CSR team are Level I Industrial Rescue (50 hours) trained. Our training program also meets the requirement to document rescue practices per OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146. This rigorous training simulates a variety of actual rescues from IDLH-type atmospheres that require use of supplied air Respirators (SAR / SCBA) to rescue for workers suspended from fall protection, as well as confined space rescues from elevated vessels and towers.
In addition, the members of the PPSI rescue team are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR.
Our CSR services support API-653 inspections, tank cleaning contractors, coating contractors, and mechanical repair contractors.
The PPSI Confined Space Rescue team brings this training and experience to the site with an organized and dedicated trailer equipped with top-of-the-line, current, clean, and well maintained equipment to perform a variety of different types of rescue.