Rescue experts to help save workers
A NEW company delivering confined space and height rescue services has launched from a purpose-built centre in Staffordshire.
Column Rescue will provide training and rescue support for plant workers operating in the power, chemical, oil and gas, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors as well as emergency services.
It is operated as part of the Engenda Group, which has invested £50,000 in a training centre in Hixon.
Column Rescue will complement the work of column turnaround specialists DTEC Site Services Ltd, which is also part of the Engenda Group and based in Hixon.
The operations director for both DTEC and Column Rescue, Steve Colclough, pictured above, front, said: "The Health and Safety Executive is strictly monitoring companies' compliance with the confined space regulations.
"They are reinforcing that all confined space entries must have a deliverable rescue plan and rescue cover in place. Many generic rescue plans rely heavily on dynamic risk assessment at the point of the incident.
"Valuable, possibly lifesaving, time is lost whilst the rescue team works out how they will carry out the rescue. In industrial complexes, all rescue missions are complicated in that they require broad experience and expert knowledge of the operating plant.
"Column Rescue is manned by industrial workers who have knowledge of workplace logistics so they can set about the rescue almost immediately. Rescue workers are trained to use all types of rescue equipment and ensure medical technicians are included in the rescue teams.
"Column Rescue will play a pivotal role in helping organisations to drive efficiency, improve health and safety, protect reputation and most importantly save lives."
Column Rescue has already been contracted to blue chip companies across several UK sites in the upstream and downstream refining sector.
Engenda managing director Lee Foundation said the group was also investing in an integrated ITC system to improve efficiency between the Stafford businesses and the group's other sites in Runcorn and Lincoln.
He said: "Engenda has a strong ambition to become a leading global force in the integrated outsourced engineering market.
"The group was set up just three years ago. It has grown rapidly and robustly. Our strategy has involved buying, integrating and growing high quality businesses and bringing them together under the Engenda banner.
"By merging divisions we can deliver work across the entire mechanical, electrical and instrumentation spectrum providing greater efficiency at a reduced cost.
"This recent inward investment is a signal of our intent to consistently strengthen our offering and build on success."
Engenda is on track to deliver turnover of more than £25 million in its financial year 2012/13. DTEC employs 14 full-time staff.