9 Safety Tips for Working in Confined Spaces

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Confined spaces can be highly dangerous work environments. Confined spaces often have poor ventilation which allows hazardous atmospheres to quickly develop, especially if the space is small. The hazards are not always obvious and may change between entry and exit.

To meet the requirements for working in confined spaces, workers need specialised training to understand the risks and take any necessary control measures.

What Is A Confined Space?

Safe Work Australia defines a confined space as an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:

  • is not designed or intended to be occupied by a person
  • -is, or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space; and
  • is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from:
  • an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level, or
  • contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dust, that may cause injury from fire or explosion, or
  • harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants, or
  • engulfment.

Safety Tips Checklist

Working in confined spaces is a dangerous part of projects that requires the utmost care. Safety procedures are essential to make sure workers get the job done without injury or harm. We’ve put together nine safety tips for working in confined spaces that you should keep in mind when you are coordinating or working in confined spaces.

  • Before you enter the confined space, make sure that hazardous elements in the environment can be removed or controlled.
  • You need to pay attention to the atmosphere. Get yourself a device that will measure your environment for dangerous gases that your nose can’t detect.
  • Make doubly sure there is adequate ventilation in the area. Because it’s very successful at displacing and diluting the contaminant in a restricted space, you might want to use forced-air ventilation in tight places.
  • After you’ve tried all of the methods outlined above, make use of PPE (personal protective equipment). Make sure that those who are using the PPE are well-trained and knowledgeable about its correct usage.
  • Reduce the risk of new hazards being introduced – attempt to shut off the confined space from external impacts.
  • Check that there is a watchman on the property who is available at all times to keep an eye on safety conditions. They should also be on-site in case of an emergency and to ask for outside help if necessary.
  • Make adequate preparations for a rescue. If an emergency arises, be prepared to spring into action with a thorough strategy and the appropriate gear.
  • Make certain that the confined space is well-lit. This will aid the individual in there to work safely and comfortably (without anxiety).
  • Keep in touch at all times so that the workers within the confined space can let people outside know if there are any difficulties or whether everything is going well.

Hire Confined Space Equipment With Winch Hire Australia

Winch Hire Australia is a leading equipment supplier for the construction, mining, industrial and agriculture industries. We have a fantastic selection of confined spaces equipment.

They can aid in many processes such as entry, retrieval and exit; fall prevention; escape and more. We also provide several confined space accessories that are designed to help create a safer environment for confined space operations.

Having provided confined space equipment and accessories for a diverse range of projects, we can help provide you with the right tools to get the job done securely and reliably.

Some of our confined space entry, retrieval and exit range includes:

  • Spreader bars
  • Davit arm and tripod bracket
  • MK2 confined space tripod
  • Escape kits and long lines
  • Fall arresters
  • Portable tripod and rescue kits
  • Confined space accessories
  • Test certification

When you hire through Winch Hire Australia, you partner with an experienced professional. For top-grade industry safety standards and innovative equipment solutions, visit us in Sumner Park to view our range of confined space equipment available for hire. Call us on 07 3376 2888 or use our contact form.