Confined Space Safety Works .
A confined space is any place that is enclosed, and hence, has limited working space. Hazardous yet so necessary, confined space works require a plethora of tactics as well as safety measures. By their nature, anyone working in such environments is directly exposed to the hazards of the surrounding. In pits, for instance, the soil layer above the worker can cave in while in vessels, fire threats are always very imminent.
Working in Confined Spaces
Despite their nature, it is very necessary to work in such confined spaces. For example, water tanks and containers will need to be cleaned once in a while. On the same note, whether for litter or any other requirements, digging pits is unavoidable sometimes. So, it is very evident that confined space works are inevitable.
Hazards associated with confined spaces
Working in such areas poses a range of risks to workers. Among several others, the most common risks include the presence of a flammable atmosphere, harmful fumes, rising levels of liquid such as water, and insufficient oxygen. Furthermore, the temperature may be intolerably high. A particular confined space may contain one or more of these hazards.
Safety in a confined space
With regards to the preceding discussion, it is evident that assessing the level of personal security in a confined space is a critical preamble to the work. Below is an outline of how to ensure personal safety while working in confined spaces.
Rope Access Equipment
When working in confined spaces, it is vital to explore all the safety options just in case a disaster strikes. Working inside tanks, for example, the ropes tied to the worker’s waistline or any other parts of the body, enables those waiting outside to pull them out in case of any misfortune. Also, the rope can allow the worker to climb quickly out of a pit in case they have hit a water table and water levels are increasing beyond their control.
This is another important part of working in space-limited environments. Before setting out to work in such an environment, the worker should perform various tests. Precisely, they should find out about the oxygen levels, any contaminations, past contents, and the presence of any ignition sources. Furthermore, the worker ought to carefully scan the structure and layout of the place so that they would be able to escape easily in case of any disaster.
Finally, only those who have past experiences working in such environments should be encouraged to do so. The Level of experience is physically supported by such documents as licenses and other relevant permits. Confined space works are a pivotal part of building improvement. As such, you may find yourself occasionally initiating such works, either as the Body Corporate or the building manager. Either way, a security and safety check is paramount to avoid any complications- so be sure to check with us first.