Press release: Stork wins ‘Health, Safety & Environment’ award for ERBAS

Stork’s breathing apparatus team won the ‘Health, Safety & Environment’ award at the 2014 Offshore Contractors Association Challenge Awards for ERBAS, its innovative Extended Reach Breathing Apparatus System. The award honours an individual or team who, have significantly contributed towards improvements in health, safety and the environment offshore.

ERBAS is a safety improvement for deep confined space operations, such as platform legs and FPSO tanks. Due to travelling distance inside these locations, conventional breathing systems cannot supply sufficient air to escape in an emergency. ERBAS is compact and easy to deploy inside confined spaces. It improves the cylinder change out method by refilling the cylinder, in less than 60 seconds and in one simple connection, whilst still being worn by the operative as opposed to traditional methods. The refill stations also contain a failsafe of six cylinders. The safety innovation’s concept was driven by Jamie Elliot, Breathing Apparatus Manager for Stork, who ensured a rigorous design, manufacture and testing process so that ERBAS was approved to the highest industry safety standards and specifications.

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