Industrial Emergency Response Services
CRAS Inc. offers a wide range of workplace Emergency Response services including Industrial standby Confined Space Rescue, High Angle Rescue and other technical rope rescue services. We also offer First Aid services and First Aid attendants.
CRAS Emergency Response Teams
Canadian Rope Access Specialists is a leading provider of industrial high angle and confined space rescue services. CRAS employs experienced IRATA technicians and active paramedics with extensive confined space training for Immediately Deadly to Life and Health (IDLH) type atmospheres. We utilize the most technically advanced techniques and equipment available. Our highly trained and experienced technicians are well versed in Occupational Health and Safety regulations, and have had years of experience working safely in a wide variety of industries.
Although our personnel train constantly for the worst case scenario, CRAS has completed countless standby contracts without incident. This is because CRAS Inc. believes that most accidents can be avoided utilizing proper hazard assessments and safety planning.
Comprehensive hazard identification and assessment, safety meetings, safe work methods, communication plans, and proper training are the front line of defense. When you contract CRAS as your industrial rescue team, we will assist you with all aspects of safety, access, and egress planning. We would greatly prefer to mitigate hazards and ensure that no situation develops in which personnel truly require assistance. At the end of the day it is our goal that everyone goes home.
Also note that unlike most other rescue teams; our rope access personnel routinely perform difficult labor and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Our highly diversified Rope Access personnel are workers, inspectors, painters and trades people who happen to require a high degree of industrial rescue and first aid training to do their jobs. We don’t expect you to pay us to sit around just in case we might be needed. In fact our helpful personnel would much rather keep busy helping your staff in any way they can.
- Risk Assessments
- Risk Mitigation
- OH&S Planning
- Emergency Planning
- Emergency Response
- First Aid and Medical
- Rescue Planning
- Rope Access Rescue
- High Angle Rescue
- Confined Space Standby
- Hazardous Atmospheres
- Multi-Purpose Teams
CRAS Emergency Response Teams compared to Fire Services & ‘Rescue Professionals’
To Industrial Rope Access technicians, work at height and high angle is a way of life. Most of our staff entered this profession because they had a passion for rope work, and had extensive recreational experience rock climbing and mountaineering. To our rope techs rigging, load hauling, knot tying and equipment handling is a way of life. Daily repetition of these tasks during work, play and training gives our technicians the advantage. CRAS technicians routinely rig rope systems in complex real world scenarios, and work in extreme environments, it is what they do. To our technicians high angle techniques are second nature.
One major difference between IRATA rope access rescues and NFPA high angle rescue techniques is that NFPA training assumes a reactive approach, where as for rope access and industrial rescues; we prefer a proactive/pre-emptive approach. Fire rescue training is oriented towards responding to an unknown situation, and reacting to an event that has already happened. Rope access rescues by contrast are intended as a pre-planned response to a conceivable hazard, before it happens.
In industry, site specific hazards, the location and integrity of anchors, the weight of the load and other variables are known factors. Our teams pre-rig for rescue and establish systems before work begins, ensuring an immediate response in the event of emergency.
“But Fire Services are the Professionals, they rescue people all the time. Dont they?”
Actually no they don’t, this is a common misconception. Most fire departments rarely if ever conduct any kind of high angle or confined space rescue operations. In reality fire fighters primarily respond to Medical Calls. Many fire departments have never actually conducted a high angle operation in the field.
Unlike NFPA techniques that focus on large team rescues, industrial rope access techniques focus on companion and small team rescues. A level 3 rope access technician is capable of solo rescuing a worker from nearly any high angle or vertical work position without additional assistance.
NFPA Estimates 2011
Fire Services Responses
Medical Aid = 67%
False Alarms = 7%
Mutual Aid = 4%
Fires = 4%
Hazmat = 1.2%
Other Hazardous = 2.4%
All other calls = 14.3%
Our emergency response teams also incorporate Ambulance Paramedics who are cross trained in rope access. Paramedics are highly experienced in emergency medicine and trauma, and routinely work alone or in pairs, making them the ideal addition to our small, capable 2-3 man industrial emergency response teams.
Additionally we have personnel that are also trained in NFPA High Angle rescue and IDLH Entry confined space rescue, who are proficient in breathing apparatus and atmospheric monitoring. These personnel have also performed a variety of confined space work, in a selection of different spaces.
Employers Responsibilities: Rescue & Evacuation
Wherever workers are working at height, high angle or in confined spaces it is the employers legal responsibly to provide an effective rescue and evacuation plan. Numerous WorkSafe OH&S regulations across the country require that employers have an effective rescue and evacuation plan before work begins. OSHA mandates prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall as part of the fall protection system. Employers often fail to consider how they will recover a worker who has fallen from a work position after the fall has been arrested. How does one retrieve that worker who has fallen from a bridge or roof top and is now suspended 3 meters below the surface previously supporting them, while they are still out of reach from the ground?
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations also require that adequately trained rescuers are immediately available to facilitate rescue whenever personnel are working in confined spaces. Often workers designated to perform this task are inadequately trained and the result is that 50% of confined space fatalities are “would be rescuers”.
There are numerous situations in the workplace where high angle or confined space industrial rescue teams are legally required, and all too often the employers answer is “We don’t need a rescue team, we will call 911 for that”. This is becoming increasingly recognized as inadequate by authorities. It is the employers responsibility to ensure that prompt rescue is provided. Municipal fire departments have variable technical rescue capabilities from city to city and technical rescue teams may not be available in your area when you need them.
According to WorkSafe B.C. “if the rescue persons are employees of another firm, or an agency such as a fire department, there must be a written agreement detailing the services that are to be provided.”
The Canadian Government has recently introduced amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada allowing the criminal prosecution of senior directors, management and supervisors for negligence resulting in harm. Section 22.1 will impose criminal liability for negligence on organizations based on the collective results of the policies, procedures and omissions of the organization, as well as the actions of the organization’s representatives. In this manner, an organization may be liable for criminal negligence even though no single individual within the organization has committed a criminal offence.
Essentially failing to meet the legal obligations to facilitate prompt rescue, may result in criminal charges to any and all senior members of an organization if serious injury or death is the result. It is Canadian Rope Access Specialists continued goal to assist organizations in meeting their legal obligations to provide adequete rescue, by training their employees, or by being there when needed.
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