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Company fined $500,000 - Confined Space Death

Friday, February 05, 2010

WorkSafe has warned companies and workers about the dangers of working in confined
spaces after a tank cleaning company was convicted and fined $500,000 last week after
a worker died.

The Director of WorkSafe’s Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture Program, Ross
Pilkington, said whether tanks, silos drains or pits were involved; confined spaces were
high-risk, high-consequence environments.

“With the addition of chemicals and gases into these places, those risks are
magnified.”

“Safeguards include having, and using, systems of work which incorporate safe work
procedures, appropriate atmospheric testing and personal protective equipment saves
lives.

“Developing hazard identification and risk assessment systems to control access such
as a ‘confined space entry permit’ is a common approach.”

To read the full article click here:

Confined Space Safety Alert (PDF - 77KB)

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