Our confined space entry crews recently returned to Southern Water’s site at Black Rock in Brighton, as part of a planned scheme of works to clean the wet well.
The wet well is 140 feet deep and requires experienced specialist teams to undertake cleaning and renovation work.
The highly skilled MTS confined space entry teams are all trained to City and Guilds standard. These crews undertake high risk and unpleasant work using umbilical cord breathing apparatus. The specialist breathing equipment has helped to eliminate many of the risks involved in confined space work. There is no need for heavy and bulky bottled breathing equipment and several operatives can use the umbilical breathing unit at one time.
Our crews have the skills and equipment to clean any type, size or depth of wet well. With fully calibrated and certified equipment kept in pristine condition, we offer unrivalled expertise in entry work.
Safety is always our key priority and each confined space entry team is supported by a City and Guilds qualified high risk rescue team.
At Black Rock, MTS worked on behalf of CMDP, a joint venture between Costain and MWH (a global water and natural resources firm). CMDP is the Southern Water delivery partner for the Black Rock project.
MTS has worked at Black Rock on numerous previous occasions as a contractor for Southern Water. This experience enabled us to plan and deliver the latest works with great efficiency, on time and on budget.
In addition to the confined space entry and high risk entry crews, MTS deployed a Disab industrial vacuum unit, two 4000 gallon tankers and a deep lifting super suction tanker. Two cranes completed the project equipment.
The Black Rock wet well project was completed in two weeks. Other confined space entry programmes are considerably longer, such as emptying and cleaning a redundant primary sludge digester at Thames Water's Hogsmill Sewage Treatment Works. This 18 week project was to prepare a redundant digester tank for demolition - the unit had been mothballed for 18 years and contained 3800 cubic metres of sludge, grit and rag.
Not all confined space work takes place in a utility industry setting. Our teams helped to considerably improve the quality of life for Ramsgate residents who had suffered bad odours from the sewers. Our teams cleared the blockages and cleaned the chambers to eradicate the problem.
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