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In-service inspection and repair allows work inside a tank without an extended interruption for degassing. Repairs can be completed immediately without a lengthy bidding period.

Tank Work Requiring Confined Space Rescue

Philips Tank and Structure is qualified and equipped to inspect and repair a storage tank while it is still in service:

  • IFR Seal Inspections

  • IFR Seal Repair

  • IFR Repair

  • Bracing / Bracket Installation or Removal

  • Varec Gauge Replacement

  • Fabric Overlay or Replacement​

PTS Rescue Team

The PTS Rescue Team is a highly trained and skilled group. The goal of the tank rescue team is to ensure employees involved in a job are protected while working in areas that present difficulties in rescue and hazardous situations.


The Rescue Team is made up of the following positions:

  • Team Leader

  • Entry Attendant

  • Rescuer

  • Hauler

  • Bottle Watch

While these positions are set it is important to note that the size of the crew will always be dictated by the type of rescue and the environment of the rescue.


Rescue Team Training

The training of the PTS Rescue team is continuous. There is always room for improvement and gained experience when lives are on the line. At a minimum the following is the training for a PTS Rescue Team member:

  • 40hrs Confined Space Rescuer Training

  • Live Simulation Training at least every 12 months

  • CPR and Basic First Aid

  • Current Medical Clearance to Wear a Respirator

  • Certified Fit Test

  • Confined Space Entry

  • Respiratory Protection

  • Fall Protection

  • Hole Watch / Bottle Watch



Our confined space rescue program was developed alongside leading industry professionals. The PTS Construction Group, Safety Group, and Design Group worked together to establish a package of required documents that are used by the Rescue Team in every Rescue Situation. The package includes:

  • Confined Space Entry and Rescue Plan (Transmitted as a drawing)

  • Emergency Run Sheet

  • Confined Space Rescue Reference Sheet

  • Confined Space Entry Safe Work Plan

Each rescue situation is evaluated by the Rescue team and leader on site and documented accordingly.

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