Confined Space

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA introduces new rules regarding the reporting of injuries and cites companies for jeopardizing the safety of their workers. Learn what the new rules could mean to you, and what led to these latest OSHA violations. New Rules for Reporting Severe Injuries Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, employers must communicate with OSHA whenever an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of Read More

  • Safety in Small Spaces: Preventing Confined Space Danger

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    Confined spaces can be extremely dangerous work areas because of their size. OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) defines a confined space as an area with “limited openings for entry or exit, is large enough for entering and working, and not designed for continuous worker occupancy.” Examples of confined spaces, according to OSHA, are underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits and silos. Permit-required confined spaces include those Read More

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    Keep your workers safe with guidance from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Here are some recent headlines from the agency on best practices and lessons learned. Raising Awareness on Fall Hazards: OSHA plans to hold a national safety stand-down from June 2 through June 6 to raise awareness about fall hazards, a leading cause of deaths in the construction industry. OSHA wants employers and workers to use the Read More

  • The Basics of Non-Permit Required and Permit Required Confined Spaces

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    A confined work space is one of the more challenging areas to work in. If you’ve ever had to change a leaking pipe underneath your kitchen sink, you’d have some idea as to how difficult it is working in an area that’s both enclosed and with limited options for entry and exit. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its part defines a confined space as a Read More

  • Going Deeper Into Trench Safety

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    Keep work excavations safe In order to increase safety awareness in the trenching industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has enacted a National Emphasis Program for trenching operations. However, it would seem that even the most common hazards of the job still tend to be disregarded. Many employers continue to receive citations for safety violations; and since 2003, there have Read More

  • Using the Buddy-System in Confined Space Work

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    When performing confined space work, you should always use the buddy-system.  A worker or workers enter the confined space to perform their duties while their "buddy", the stand-by/rescue person stays outside. The Duties of a Standby/Rescue Person A standby/rescue person’s only duty is to stand outside the confined space while other workers are inside. They should remain in constant contact with the workers (either through sight or sound) and Read More

  • Confined Spaces - Three Types Hazardous Atmospheres

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    The atmosphere in a confined space can be extremely hazardous due to the lack of air circulation. Because fresh air can’t move freely in and out of a confined space like storage tanks, pipes, silos and manholes, a variety of hazardous conditions can be created. Deadly gases may be trapped inside, especially if the confined space is used to store or process chemicals. There may not be Read More

  • How to Recognize a Confined Space

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    Often, when confined space accidents happen, it’s not carelessness or a blatant disregard for safety that is the cause. In many instances, confined space accidents happen simply because the site supervisor didn’t recognize the space as a hazardous one that could cause injury or death. Before working in any space, it’s essential to evaluate the scene and determine if any confined space hazards exist. There are three criteria Read More

  • Warning - Grain Bins Present Confined Space Hazards

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    Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. More than 700 farmers die in work-related accidents yearly. Some of the most common accidents involve confined spaces inside grain bins. When grain bins are emptied, they can cause serious injuries to workers from crushing, to electrocution to suffocation. The University of Illinois Extension offers the following safety suggestions when working in or near grain bins: Whenever possible, Read More

  • Make Confined Spaces Safer With OSHA Signs

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    According to OSHA, many workplaces contain spaces that are considered "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them. A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and Read More