Working in confined spaces

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Whether it’s laying pipes or drains, or working in plants or tanks on a mine site – there are a number of jobs that require a ticket for working in confined spaces.

A confined space is considered to be an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not intended or designed primarily for human occupancy.

Common confined space work includes maintenance for feed bins and chutes at wash plants, repairing cracks in excavator booms or fuel tanks, or removing debris in water tanks.

If you’re interested in working in carrying out work in confined spaces, you will need to provide verification of competency and be authorised for confined space work on the site in question.

Everybody, including the spotter, needs to understand their role and know what to do if something goes wrong.

The potential risks of confined spaces can include:

  • An oxygen concentration outside the safe oxygen range
  • A concentration of airborne contaminant that may cause impairment, loss of consciousness or asphyxiation
  • A concentration of flammable airborne contaminant that may cause injury from fire or explosion
  • Engulfment in a stored free flowing solid or a rising level of liquid that may cause suffocating or drowning.

Working in these spaces can be very hazardous, which prompts worksites to focus on the safety of these jobs to help control the risks.

It goes without saying, that it is extremely crucial that employees have the appropriate training and licensing to enter and work in such spaces, because 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.

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