Tundra Rescue has supported customers in industries and sectors including chemical and electrical engineering, food and beverage manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, wind energy, construction, engineering, pipeline management, real estate management, and defence and security.
They range in size and scale from small local businesses to some of the world’s largest companies and most recognizable brands. The following projects are provided as examples to show the type of customers and industries Tundra Rescue has successfully supported in the past:
AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING: FACILITY MAINTENANCE – CONFINED SPACE SUPPORT Tundra Rescue provides regular confined space safety watch and standby rescue services to an international, multi- billion dollar aerospace supplier.
In support of this company’s recurring facilities maintenance cycle, we deploy safety and rescue technicians in order to facilitate safe entry into various confined spaces, and also in order to provide immediate rescue should it be required. Our teams are highly professional, and our services meet the highly demanding industry standards of this precision manufacturing company.
AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING: PLANT SHUTDOWN – CONFINED SPACE SUPPORT
During a multi-weekend plant shutdown, Tundra Rescue supported one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers by providing confined space Rescue and Recovery support teams.
Deploying numerous rotating shifts of confined space rescue technicians, our teams facilitated continuous entry into various potentially hazardous spaces over 48 hour periods. Our unprecedented flexibility, and dedication to exceeding customer expectations was demonstrated by working closely with the customer to fill additional manning and logistics needs as the project dynamics shifted overnight.
WIND ENERGY HYBRID PROJECT: SECURITY CONSULTANCY & MISSION SUPPORT IN CENTRAL AMERICA
Tundra Rescue completed a hybrid project overseas, providing a combination of Rope Access consultancy, security risk advisory services and mission support to a customer in the Wind Energy sector.
Personnel were deployed to two countries in Central America, providing in-country support. Our resources and capabilities allow us to provide both maintenance and security, in even the most hazardous environments. To learn more about this service, visit our Rope Access page.
CONSTRUCTION: WATER MAIN SENSOR CABLE MODIFICATION
In response to a need for modifications to sensitive instruments located almost one kilometer underground, Tundra Rescue successfully designed and implemented a hybrid access and work solution. In a joint operation involving both Rope Access and confined space rescue technicians, our teams were able to meet the demands of a technical environment and achieve all deliverables within a highly rigid timeline. Tundra Rescue sustains a unique capacity to develop efficient solutions to challenging problems in access and risk management. Learn more about this service by visiting our Confined Space Safety page.
WIND ENERGY: WIND TURBINE CONSTRUCTION
Reinforcing Tundra’s place as a leading wind energy support service provider, in 2016 Tundra Rescue provided rope access services to assist in the construction of 77 new wind turbines in the Niagara Region of Ontario. Deploying rope access systems on both the interior and exterior of turbines during the construction and commissioning phases, our technicians completed a series of tasks including inspection, installation, painting, repair and composites modification over a 3 month period, with a level of technical performance and flexibility that exceeded our customer’s expectations. Learn more by visiting our Rope Access page.
PETROCHEMICAL: CONFINED SPACE RESCUE STANDBY
Tundra Rescue deployed several crews of Confined Space Standby Rescue technicians in order to support the inspection and maintenance needs of a major Petrochemical provider during a plant shut-down. Providing air monitoring, ventilation, documentation and standby rescue with contact-rescue capabilities, our teams enabled convenient and expedient access to potentially hazardous enclosed environments while providing the customer a high degree of flexibility in scheduling. To learn more about this service visit our Confined Space Safety page.
WIND ENERGY: TURBINE NACELLE & TOWER CLEANING
Deploying a team of Industrial Rope Access technicians, Tundra Rescue provided maintenance services to a major Wind Energy operator. In response to a need for the cleaning of a wind turbine nacelle and tower, our technicians safely and efficiently gained access to the turbine exterior in order to successfully clean the structure. Implementing a SPRAT two-rope Rope Access system, our technicians were able to reach highly challenging access areas in order to carry out the cleaning. In-depth onsite risk assessment, fully redundant backup safety systems and internal rescue capacity enable our teams to comfortably meet the demands of projects with challenging and restricted access. Learn more about this service by visiting our Rope Access page.
MAINTENANCE: PAINTING OF AMPHITHEATRE FACADE
Tundra Rescue deployed a team of Rope Access technicians to complete cleaning and painting of the facade of a popular amphitheatre in Toronto Ontario. Our technicians completed the work while suspended on rope above water, where alternative access methods would have been challenging and restrictive. The work was completed within a rigid timeline, exceeding customer expectations. The versatility and efficiency of our Rope Access methods enabled a rapid and cost-effective solution to the customer’s needs. Learn more about this service by visiting our Rope Access page.
TRAINING: CANADIAN DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
Over the last 4 years Tundra Rescue has been the primary training provider and Subject Matter Expert to specialized units within the Canadian Armed Forces in Rope Access and customized Work Aloft techniques. This training provides the client with intensive practical instruction, and formal third-party assessment. Tundra Rescue specializes in the creation of in-depth and customized training programs, according to the customer’s needs. In 2017, Tundra Rescue was proud to have been chosen to continue training for the Canadian Armed Forces for the next 5 years, following a competitive public tender process. Learn more by visiting our Training page.
WIND ENERGY: TURBINES RETROFITTED IN RECORD TIME
Tundra Rescue assisted a large wind facility with a busbar cage retro fit. The retrofit consisted of the installation of 88 (eighty-eight) individual support brackets per wind turbine, which in the past, was taking as long as one to two days per turbine. After being awarded this project, Tundra Rescue completed 3+ turbines per day, increasing the previous work average by 33%, and in some cases 66%. Tundra Rescue has become renowned for completing projects efficiently, and in some cases, in record time. Learn more by visiting our Rope Access page.
CONSTRUCTION: CONFINED SPACE CAISSON INSPECTIONS
Tundra Rescue provided confined space access and rescue standby services for caisson inspections during the construction of the Pan Am Aquatics Centre. An inspector was lowered into the caisson to complete an inspection and once complete, the inspector was safely removed from the caisson. This process was repeated for approximately 80 caissons. Tundra Rescue’s efficiency and safe operations assisted the prime contractor meet tight construction deadlines. Tundra Rescue has relationships with several large construction firms to provide personnel, equipment and safety standards for caisson and other confined space access and standby rescue services. Learn more by visiting our Confined Space Safety page.
WIND ENERGY: WIND TURBINE EMERGENCY
Following a hydraulic leak on a wind turbine at a facility in Eastern Ontario, a team of Tundra Rescue rope access technicians responded the same day to allowed the client to conduct repairs to the turbine and remove visible fluid from the outside of it, immediately reducing the environmental impact of the leak. Tundra Rescue frequently provides emergency blade and other repairs for wind energy facilities in Ontario in order to address both noise and environmental concerns, and we have been able to respond to multiple requests for immediate ‘same-day’ emergency blade repairs, in particular in relation to whistling or damaged blades. Our ability to respond dynamically and on short notice has enabled our clients to reduce their losses from theses events by avoiding long, costly shut-downs.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS: TOWER CLIMBING TRAINING IN AFGHANISTAN
Tundra Rescue deployed to Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan to assist a Canadian telecommunications company with tower access and rescue training courses appropriate for higher risk areas. The tower access training consisted of inspections, care and maintenance of tower access equipment as well as the use of safe operating procedures while working at height. In addition to the tower access training, Tundra Rescue also conducted a specialized rescue course which entailed specific operating procedures for quickly and safely descending while working at height, while in a fast-changing security environment. Tundra Rescue is ideally suited to deliver our services in overseas and higher risk areas, and as part of a larger risk management company can also provide threat, risk, security and safety assessments concerning the wider project environment.
TRAINING: RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Tundra Rescue has a robust research and development capability, which is focused on making rope access, fall protection, confined space and high angle projects safer and more efficient. Our development projects have included: A comprehensive rope rescue plan and training program for a large hydro-electric energy provider in southern Ontario, in which we worked in conjunction with the client to develop a rescue plan and training program specific to their needs, including the development and manufacturing of custom equipment. Training and access safety supervision services for a painting company undertaking the external refurbishment of the exterior of the Pickering Town Centre, which also led to the development of a patent-pending friction anchor for rooftops which have minimal anchoring availability. Assistance to a facility restoration company required to refurbish a flag pole located on the top of the Bank of Nova Scotia building in downtown Toronto (44 King St W.) This task was thought to be impossible as it consisted of ascending a 60ft flag pole several times in order to prepare the surface, then prime and paint the 60+ year old flag pole. This job required the development of an new ascending and descending system that allowed the task to be completed quickly and safely.