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For those with plant operating tickets or high risk licences you are often exposed to workplace hazards and the risk associated with being on a worksite each day.
But when it comes to working in confined spaces, there is a wide range of different hazards that you need to understand, be prepared for, and have the expertise to avoid or mitigate the risks involved.
The need to work in confined spaces is quite common for labour roles in the construction and farming industries.
Confined spaces can be below or above ground, and are not necessarily small – but rather, they could be spaces where access is limited.
There is a smaller margin for error when working in confined spaces, which is why hazard assessment is extremely important and must be taken very seriously.
There are numerous reasons working in a confined space more hazardous than working in other workspaces. For example:
- The exit of the confined space might not allow the worker to get out in time should there be a flood or collapse of free-flowing solid.
- The interior configuration of the confined space often does not allow easy movement of people or equipment within it – including when the worker needs to be rescued from the space.
- The interior configuration of the confined space does not allow natural ventilation or it may not be sufficient to maintain breathable quality air.
- Areas external to the confined space could impact on the conditions within the confined space – or vice versa.
It goes without saying that the training and licencing to prepare workers for this line of work is crucial to not only their success in gaining the role, but ensuring their safety is paramount.
Elevated Training can provide one-day training courses to obtain a licence for entering and working in confined spaces. The course fee is $300 – or $270 if you book online.
Contact us today and learn how you can get the right training to enter this line of work, and understand what’s required to ensure your safety on the job.