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Pre-Entry (Planning) >> Establishing Rescue Teams
OSHA requires employers to establish a rescue team or arrange for an outside rescue team (typically a local fire department). [29 CFR 1915.12(e)]
Many confined or enclosed space incidents result in multiple fatalities: the original victim and the would-be rescuer or rescuers. Workers must know how and when to attempt a rescue; it could be a matter of life and death.
The following are rescue options and recommendations:
An Outside Rescue Team must
- Be informed of hazards the team may encounter so the team may be trained and equipped. [29 CFR 1915.12(e)(2)]
Note: The criteria for an in-house rescue can be used to evaluate the outside rescue services.
- The employer should ensure that either a visual or audio communication method is established between workers in these spaces and the assigned person or persons outside these spaces.