Confined Space Access Services
Confined Space Teams
The UK Health and Safety confined space regulations 1997 state:
"confined Space" means any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, wall or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk.
Welcome to UK Diving Services Ltd confined space teams.
Our teams of highly trained confined spaces operatives have a thorough understanding of any confined space environments.
All our confined space personnel are qualified commercial divers and hold in-date HSE first aid at work and commercial diving medicals as standard.
All hold minimum 3 day City of Guilds confined spaces and confined space Rescue, BA sets, Hostile Environments and Supervisor qualifications. CP1 and CP2 as standard.
UK Diving Services Ltd confined space access teams operate to strict HSE guidelines.
We offer multiple or single confined space access teams to carry out maintenance, repairs, inspections, structural & asset surveys, NDT,written reports, rescue & recovery, civil engineering & construction.
UK Diving Services are specialist confined space welders.
UK Diving Services Ltd are a SAFETY FIRST company delivering any project on time and on budget SAFELY
UK Diving Services Ltd provide the following specialist services nationwide:
Diving Services - Underwater inspection maintenance and repair
Safety Boats - Commercial safety boat hire and rescue boat services
Confined Space Entry - Confined space inspection maintenance and repair
Work Boat Hire - Commercial work boat charter and work boat services
Civil & Marine Engineering - Water environment projects scour protection and prevention
Shipping Husbandry - Hull inspections and surveys underwater repairs and cleaning
Bridge Inspections And Surveys - Scour and abutment surveys maintenance & repair
Offshore Renewable Energy Maintenance Services - Wind wave tidal and sub sea turbines
Some of the areas our confined space access specialists enter are:
Sewers and wells
Drains and Pipes
Pipelines And Culverts
Chemical Containers and Chambers
Bridges And Culverts
Silos and Vats
Pits and Trenches
Flues and Tanks
Our new sonar technology uses live sonar imagery to find underwater sunken vehicles, vessels and many other lost assets. The sonar system allows constant monitoring of any underwater object from any angle and depth. This unique system provides high resolution sonar video with exceptional detail and accuracy for later viewing. The sonar is perfect for viewing fixed structures where the water quality and visibility is poor allowing for a comprehensive visual understanding of what is happening beneath the water surface. The sonar scans assets such as bridges and culverts, dock walls and pilings, piles and sheet pile walls, pontoons, aqueducts and viaducts. Deliverables are in the form of a video file and can be linked to GPS.
UK Diving Services have won a tender to inspect 4no x bridge structures on behalf Angus Council. The structures vary in design from modern steel to historic masonry brick arch construction. The assets cross both tidal and non tidal waterways with one being confined space entry.
UK DIVING SERVICES are credited on the CIHT 2019 safety award for innovation management and implementation of safety systems during diving and inspection procedures. The award holds its merit on diving and inspection works completed on the Menai Suspension Bridge as part of a joint venture with ATKINS GLOBAL
On inspection of a complex culvert system UK Diving Services confined space team discover extensive damage to a reinforced concrete invert due to scour followed by undermining. Our inspectors measured the voids underneath each area of concern and recommended urgent remedial works to prevent further damage threatening the integrity of the structure. All data was recorded in accordance with the Roads & Bridges Manual BD63/17 and BD 97/12 and a scope for remedial works implemented. UKDS is one of the UK's leading bridge inspection companies for investigation of underwater assets.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook a series of underwater bridge surveys for a local Scottish council and found significant scour and undercut to one of the bridge piers. All data was recorded in accordance with the Roads & Bridges Manual BD63/17 and BD 97/12 and a scope for remedial works implemented.
UKDS have provided work boats and pontoons for urgent repair and maintenance works at Prudhoe Paper Mill. The recently refurbished sludge/pulp tank required water baffles to be adjusted to allow a more even flow over the circular perimeter of the tank. UKDS provided trained commercial divers and boat skippers to assist with the project which was completed ahead of time.
UK Diving Services Provide Underwater Inspection Services On The Menai Suspension Bridge -The Menai Strait
UKDS have recently been contracted by ATKINS engineering to provide underwater services on the Menai Bridge. The project included checking all submerged elements of the masonry stone piers checking for scour, structural damage or/and undermining to the structure. The region has very high tides making inspection windows very short and diving conditions demanding.
UK Diving Services Ltd have provided a complete under and above water model of Thrapston Nine Arches Bridge to determine if any structural damage or underwater scour is present. Our diving team and underwater surveyors scanned the structure over a period of 5 days. Deliverable's were laser and sonar data in .pts and .xyz files allowing viewing of a point cloud.
UK Diving Services Ltd have secured a diving survey of Lobnitz Dock on the tidal Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Our underwater surveyors are to provide detailed information on the dock walls and adjacent seabed. The wall inspection will include a 2D sonar sweep to identify targets showing areas of concern and better understand bed levels along the walls. Visibility is very limited within the Clyde tidal waterway and sonar is an excellent back up to any diving survey allowing engineers to better understand any scour or damage. All UK Diving Services surveys are backed with free complimentary 2D sonar imagery. 3D acoustic sonar is also available POA.
UK Diving Services Ltd are working with Kier WSP on behalf of Northamtonshire Highways providing diving services supported by hi resolution three dimensional sonar surveys on a nine arch masonry stone bridge. The 3D mapping data in .xyz format for point cloud will show undermining and scour holes within the structure and adjacent areas. The invert, piers and abutments are scanned by placing a transducer on a tripod as well as fixing to a vessel using gps.
UKDS dive services recently provided underwater surveys of an extensive pier and jetty structure. The surveys included the inspection of culverts along the river and sea walls within the tidal estuary,. Working with strong tides and limited tidal windows UKDS diving service compiled a detailed underwater principle inspection (UPI) of the structure for comparison to the previous underwater general inspection (UGI) some years earlier. As one of the UK's leading underwater bridge inspection companies our surveyors provide detailed underwater inspection of bridges, culverts, dams, piers, docks, moorings and any other submerged structural asset.
UK Diving Services Ltd have recently completed 4no x underwater principle inspections for Kier WSP on behalf of Northamtonshire Highways. The surveys from our dive service identified scouring and undermining to some of the upstream elements of the structure. Repairs included placing of underwater scour packs into voids beneath the masonry structure and placing scour protective rock up to adjacent bed levels. This is a typical example of how important dive services are when protecting underwater structural assets from scour and undermining
UKDS have recently undertaken a confined space entry beneath Hampton Court Palace in Surrey. The purpose of the survey was to determine the condition of the brick tudor structure and its lay. The structure was an old sewage outfall from and since demolished toilet block within the palace likely constructed around the reign of Henry 8th. Additionally a basic sonar scan was undertaken beneath the Jetty in front of the culvert to further peek into history. The overall condition of this 500 year old structure is a testament to the construction methods and materials used by the tudors.
UK Diving Services have successfully provided dive surveys to numerous bridge structures across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Scotland. The surveys were to assess the condition of recent remedial works undertaken at each structure. Written reports were provided including detailed digital photography and video.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook diving and sonar surveys on numerous underwater structures in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland. The purpose of the inspection was to determine the extent of any scour if present. Due to the visual limitations in water using conventional video and still photography all our diving surveys are backed by underwater sonar giving stand off images for engineers to better understand the condition of their structures and to help implement remedial works. Sonar is now a complimentary service with all UK Diving Services underwater surveys.
For the third consecutive year UK Diving Services have provided underwater services on various Bridge assets throughout Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland. UKDS provided a full underwater scour and condition surveys of many of the bridge structures and concluded that urgent repairs were required to several of the structures. Some of the bridge structures exhibited deeper channel piers where sea bed levels had dropped and the supporting Hercules piles had become exposed. Repairs were undertaken including concrete grouting and the placing of extensive rock armour. Rock is a good fundamental scour protection however by protecting one pier generally tends to pass the scour problem to the next adjacent unprotected pier. We have now introduced sonar backed diving surveys for monitoring a structure's scour protection.
UK Diving Services Ltd attended an emergency call out to a damaged ship. The vessel ran aground whilst entering Great Yarmouth causing the starboard prop to stall. On inspection from our underwater dive team in was concluded that the starboard rudder assembly was bent forward directly into the propeller blades causing extensive damage and jamming the propeller. Written damage report and video was submitted on conclusion of inspection
UK Diving Services Ltd have undertaken a full underwater sonar and diving inspection of the intake screens on behalf of Zenith for Scottish Power. The intake screens and forebay were at 12m depth and clear of debris. NDT inspection of the steel work was carried out. 2D sonar provides helpful underwater images to back any diving inspection or survey
UK Diving Services recently assisted PGL Travel with an inspection of a blocked sewage outfall which discharges into the river Tay in central Scotland. Our diving team provided a digital video survey of the submerged elements of the sewage pipe including the open discharge end and trash screen.
UK Diving Services Ltd have undertaken an internal inspection of of a decommissioned concrete sewage effluent pipe. the purpose of the survey was to understand the condition within the pipe to determine if the structure is structurally sound to support plant crossing the adjacent access road. The pipe was in a flooded state during inspection.
UKDS are currently contracted by the Greenhatch Group to assist with surveying Southmere Lake in London. The project is part of a larger scheme which includes the demolition of a large residential estate with a view to build next generation housing.
UK Diving Services recently completed a variety of principle bridge inspections on behalf of ATKINS engineering. The works included underwater inspection and sonar surveys of two large multiple arch bridges spanning the Ladybower reservoir. The structures were built during the second world war prior to damming and flooding of the valley and villages below. An interesting project that demanded extensive planning and skill due to the depth of the bridge piers which met bed level at 31m.
UK Diving Services re-visit Persley Bridge And Bridge Of Dee in Aberdeen to undertake point cloud 3D sonar and topographic surveys of the structures. The data was compared to previous surveys of the the structures to determine the extent of any scour or undercut to the bridge. Additionally dive surveys were undertaken to examine the condition of the structure piers and abutments. The project was co-ordinated on behalf of Bear Scotland and Transport Scotland
UK Diving Services have been contracted on behalf of CAPITA to provide a river wall condition survey to determine suitability prior to the construction of a new road to link to the new River Wear crossing. The new road bridge will be a two span cable stayed bridge with an A-frame pylon rising to 105m crossing the River Wear between Castletown and and Pallion. The new bridge will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus cycleways and footpaths along its full length. Our dive team inspected a variety of structures along the wall from concrete piers and sheet pile walls to areas of timber fenders and rock embankments.
UKDS are providing safety boat services in central London on the river Thames. Our 7.2m RIB is equipped with all the latest safety equipment required by the Port Of London Authority to operate a rescue boat on the tidal Thames. Last year UKDS operated a safety boat on behalf of Mackley at London Bridge whilst the new staircase was being fabricated and installed adjacent and over the waterway. During the 6 month operation our crews rescued 3 persons from the river Thames.
UKDS have secured a river wall inspection in Sunderland north east England. The survey involves underwater inspection of the tidal river wall over several hundred meters. Due to likely poor visibility within the area divers will be using tactile probing methods of inspection backed by 2d sonar images.
UKDS now offer hovercraft rental and hire services for cost effective, fast and safe transport for commercial operations nationwide. Applications include flood rescue, inter-tidal and near shore works, access, surveying, archaeology, sampling, mapping, environmental monitoring, crew transfer and mud rescue.
UK Diving Services have been awarded and undertaken 30 bridge inspections on behalf of SWECO and Glasgow County Council. The bridges include most of the roadway bridges on both the tidal and non tidal river Clyde. The inspections included underwater sonar and video recorded to BCI format.
UK Diving Services are currently working on the Thames Tideway project on the tidal river Thames at Battersea and London Gateway. We are providing a 7.5m Port of London Authority coded RIB for safety and rescue boat operations on and within the waterway estuary.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an under-construction 25 km (16 mi) tunnel running mostly under the tidal section of the River Thames through central London, which will provide capture, storage and conveyance of almost all the combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges that currently overflow into the river.
As an add-on to our conventional underwater diving inspections UK Diving Services Ltd now provide Hi-resolution 2D & 3D multi-beam sonar surveys to survey river beds, stone piers, concrete bag work, sheet pile walls, docks, moorings, scour holes and abutments etc. For further details please email us.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently provided bridge inspection services to Angus Council. Twelve bridges were surveyed to assess the extent of any scour/undercut to the structures and determine the bridges structural integrity
After severe flooding earlier this year UK Diving Services assisted with an urgent requirement to provide underwater surveys to several bridges on the river Dee and Don to assess their structural integrity. The surveys were completed on time successfully and written reports and video footage submitted. Other bridge inspections were also undertaken on smaller waterways including some confined space access
UK Diving Services are providing safety boat operations at London Bridge as part of the new London Bridge staircase project adjacent the tidal Thames.
During our time on site UK Diving Services have participated in several rescue operations for real persons in water in close proximity to the bridge......proving our rescue plan is effective during real life emergencies.
UK Diving Services win a confined space access contract with AECOM. Services include providing access to flooded culvets where diffrential pressure and other site specific hazards are present. The inspection will include cctv, UT readings and ndt.
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UK Diving Services Ltd have taken delivery of a new aluminium lifting barge to assist with our day to day diving and marine operations. The vessel comes complete with spud legs for extra stability for lifting heavier loads onto the large storage deck. The vessel is road transportable so can mobilise to any UK location at short notice. Lifting capabilities are up to 5 ton. Call our team for further information if you wish to hire or charter this pontoon lifting barge.
UK Diving Services Ltd are currently engaged in safety and rescue boat operations at London Bridge on the tidal Thames in London. We are providing safety support to operatives working above the waters edge whilst constructing and assembling platforms. Our safety boat is a PLA licensed vessel and we operate under local knowledge endorsement LKE
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook an inspection of a bridge with flooded box beams.The inspection involved surveying inside the chambers of the flooded box beams including the voids and diaphragms between them. CCTV footage was taken during the inspection.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook a visual/condition survey of the 126m partially flooded Six Bells culvert in Abertillery, Wales. In addition to the visual inspection our confined space engineers took laser measurements to determine the line of the culvert/tunnel.
UK Diving Services Ltd provided the diving expertise to assist Commercial Boat Services with recovering a sunken Camper & Nicholson motor cruiser on the river Trent in Nottingham. Our 5 man HSE dive team attached 6no x 5ton IBU's to the the vessel whilst she was laying on the river bed at Holme lock. Once the motor cruiser was re-floated the team from CBS towed her to a local crane site where she was lifted to shore in one piece.
UK Diving Services Ltd provided diving and vessel support during a tide gauge replacement at Cromer for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
UK Diving Services Ltd provided safety boat services whilst operatives took core samples and screw pulls along Albert Embankment as part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. As part of any works on the tidal Thames where operatives are working on the foreshore the PLA (Port Of London Authority) require a safety boat to be in position in the event the tide were rise and cut off any person from safe egress. Other considerations are swells up to 1.2 m from passing vessels. Our team were security checked by the MET Police.
UK Diving Services recently provided a licensed rescue boat with qualified crew for safety boat operations whilst operatives were working over fast flowing water. Workmen assembled scaffold over a rail bridge spanning the river Lune at Arkholme in the Lake District. Rainfall and flow levels were monitored continuously to allow work to progress safely.
UK Diving Services Ltd deployed a commercial dive team to inspect the underside of HMS Gleaner whilst she was moored at Harwich. The ships commander was experiencing vibration at increased rpm. Our diver found and removed nylon netting from the starboard propeller and prop shaft solving the technical issue.
UK Diving Services Ltd have recently received instruction to undertake several underwater bridge inspections in West London. The WSP Group
contracted UK Diving Services to provide detailed underwater inspection services on behalf of their client. Our services included providing soundings as well as scour and structural assessments.
UK Diving Services Ltd have provided dive support for a salvage vessel in the North Sea. UK Diving Services Ltd were contracted by Boskalis Westminster to assist with a possible slipped anchor
On the 22nd July 2013 UK Diving Services Ltd were contacted to assist with locating a missing pilot presumed lost at sea when his Cirrus aircraft crashed into the English Channel less than 24 hrs earlier. Rescue efforts were called off by the Coastguard and RNLI after wreckage was found off the Dungeness coast.
UK Diving Services Ltd liaised with the RNLI who provided us with the times and co-ordinates of the area where the floating wreckage was last found. Because the exact impact zone was unknown and the depths of water were beyond practical air diving limits it was necessary to locate the aircraft using sonar and ROV's. The search pattern information we obtained was passed to the sonar and ROV team who used the information to help locate the aircraft.
The underwater rescue team found the wreckage.
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UK Diving Services Ltd were contracted in to provide rescue and safety boat services for operatives working in shallow water underneath a rail bridge in Yorkshire. In addition our company provided floating platforms and work boats to assist with the essential bridge maintenance. The scaffold was erected and dismantled one arch at a time so not to overload the weak bridge.
UK Diving Services Ltd were recently contracted in by Prodem Ltd for a striking of a scaffold next to the Limehouse Cut in east London. Our safety boat team provided rescue and safety boat services at the east London location whilst operatives worked near the waters edge.