QWM Group

Working in Confined Spaces safely with modern day Technologies

Each year in the UK, on average 15 people are killed during work in confined spaces and more suffering serious injuries

Typically, confined space inspections necessitate human inspectors entering the space physically to evaluate potential hazards and gather data. Yet, this undertaking can be perilous due to various safety risks, including low oxygen levels, exposure to chemicals, factors contributing to heat stress, and other hazardous conditions.

UK fatal injury statistics from RIDDOR from 2014/15 to 2022/23 highlight 36 people died because of drowning or asphyxiation, 43 from fire or explosion, 12 from contact with a harmful substance, and 123 from being trapped by something collapsing or overturning on them – including trench collapses. These are all specified risks under the confined spaces regulations.

Our cutting-edge non-human entry technology offers a solution set to transform confined space entry protocols. By harnessing innovative technological progress, our systems drastically reduce the need for human presence in such hazardous environments.

Through the incorporation of remote, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI), our technology facilitates comprehensive inspection, maintenance, and operations within confined spaces, mitigating risks to individuals.

Through the integration of remote, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI), our technology enables thorough inspection, maintenance, and operations within confined spaces without exposing individuals to the risks associated with confined space entry, such as exposure to toxic gases, unstable atmospheres, or physical hazards.

Ultimately, our non-man entry technology represents a shift in workplace safety, offering a transformative approach to confined space management that prioritizes the well-being of personnel while optimising operational processes.

Remote Crawler Camera Units

CCTV Drain Survey
CCTV Drain Survey

All camera equipment is certified for use within hazardous areas and is explosion-proof (EX Zone 1).

CleverScan

With the press of a button, CleverScan performs a fully automated manhole inspection. Creating a flat scan that captures image detail from every inch of manhole wall, plus a dense point cloud that can be easily merged into any CAD or 3D application.

Reduces the requirement for entering confined spaces by utilising mobile and flexible equipment.

Using Drones and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), represent a specialised form of remote technology utilised for inspecting confined spaces. Confined Space Drones enables inspectors to access locations that would typically pose challenges or safety risks for human entry, such as the summits of tall storage tanks or the interiors of narrow pipeline corridors.

Equipped with cameras and sensors, drones offer a comprehensive perspective of confined spaces, mitigating the need for human workers to venture into potentially hazardous environments.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 sets out in practical terms what actions are required to ensure the safety and welfare of all people involved in construction projects.

The scope encompasses both workers within confined spaces and those tasked with their rescue in emergency situations. Despite existing legislation and safety protocols, these statistics underscore the considerable risk associated with confined space work.

It’s imperative to ensure that individuals possess the requisite skills and expertise for their respective roles. While training is integral, it constitutes only a portion of the comprehensive measures essential for safeguarding confined space workers.

https://www.she.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/SC11-Confined-spaces.aspx

https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm