It is not routine for pipeline companies to conduct work at heights requiring a high angle rescue team, but for anyone involved with installation of a pipeline and tasked with meeting rescue or emergency response requirements, there are many options available to them.
Common Method of Rescue for Pipeline Projects
Rope rescue is the most commonly used method of rescue in oil and gas due to the flexibility of configurations available to the rescue team and many times is the best option for ensuring a safe and timely rescue from pipeline projects.
How Rope Rescue is Performed on Pipelines
Most rescue contracts we are a part of involving pipelines have to do with maintenance and tie into facilities. When digging at a steep vertical angle a commonly used method of ensuring workers are protected from collapsing sidewalls is a shoring box, once in place the rope rescue team is able to run rescue ropes over the secured side of the shoring box the same way we do a hand railing when lowering off a tower, Once in place a haul system to safely raise the patient to the surface is used.
Cranes and picker trucks are not approved for use as rescue equipment under normal configurations and the cost of mechanical rescue equipment such as tripods and davit arms can range upwards of $4,000 per unit. Furthermore, the operation of this expensive equipment still requires proper training for personnel and patient packaging equipment such as stokes baskets. With these costs taken into account, a standby rescue team remains the cost effective solution for most oilfield projects, including pipeline work.
Protocol Rescue provides Canadian oil and gas companies with world class standby rescue services. Our highly trained teams have years of experience and training in the oil and gas industry, including pipeline rope rescue. If you’d like to learn more about Protocol Rescue’s Oil & Gas Rescue Services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.