Scope of work Removal of asbestos insulating board from between two walls in a confined space above and adjacent to a live food factory production area.
Methods Employed This contract was a particularly complex project and involved working in a 750mm wide wall void where access was at high level from a previously erected scaffold forming a floor 5lm above the factory floor below and 3lm from the roof.
The factory was an operation food factory where additional hygiene measures were required for all operatives working on site especially constructing and erecting parts of the enclosure in part of the operational factory.
The work involved the setting up of full confined space equipment, suitable and safe access down the 8lm deep void, safe working platforms within the void and a robust and achievable rescue plan for removing personnel working in the void in the case of emergencies.
The AIB boarding had to be carefully scored and broken to allow safe removal of the waste boarding and pulleys and blocks used with large 1 tonne bags used to hoist the waste out.
There were different levels of access points from scaffold level and at one point an aperture was required to be cut into the existing wall to allow access to a section blocked from the main void by steel work but still required to be part of the enclosure.
The work was carried out without incident and on programme and the client, the food factory health and safety department and its directors were very impressed with the safety measures we took and the way the whole project was planned and executed.