Confined Spaces

How to comply with confined spaces requirements, including permit required confined space programs, classification of spaces, permits, atmospheric testing, emergency response and evacuation and training. Our editors have “cherry picked” the best resources – to access them, click here.

People will smoke in curious places, but this photograph of a large ashtray placed within a few feet of multiple propane tanks suggests that many workers either can’t read the no-smoking signs or don’t realize that they could get smoked if a tank began leaking gas vapors that contacted the ignition sources hanging off the ends of their fingers.

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An unsafe trench claims the life of a 17-year-old laborer. Find out what went wrong.

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We don’t know how fond forklift operator Tomasz Wiszniewski is of cheese, but he could be forgiven for liking it a little less after becoming trapped under 55,000 tonnes of the stuff when 18-metre (60-foot) high shelving collapsed at a food distribution warehouse in Hinstock, England.

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A 61-year-old kitchen worker at a restaurant in Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel died sometime after entering a walk-in freezer.

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Leaving the conveyor running while workers cleared a confined shredder discharge pit, because it was thought to increase efficiency, cost man his life.

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Leaving the conveyor running while workers cleared a confined shredder discharge pit, because it was thought to increase efficiency, cost man his life.

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A Chicago engineering company was fined $105,6000 under the national emphasis program for trenching and excavation for digging too deep.

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Concrete co. fined $303,900 after a temporary worker was crushed while trying to clear a pneumatically powered discharge gate, which had not been isolated.

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Castings co. cited after a furnace worker was fatally injured at the La Crosse-based iron foundry while working alone in a permit-required confined space.

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Trucking company cited by OSHA for asphyxiation hazards following worker fatality; 11 violations were cited, including confined space requirements.

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