Confined space can be deadly. On average, work in confined spaces kills 15 people every year in the UK across a wide range of industries, from those involving complex plant through to simple storage vessels and rooms. In addition, a number of people are seriously injured. Those killed include not only people working in the confined space but those who try to rescue them without proper training and equipment.
Drainlines policy is to ensure that:
Entry into confined space is avoided where possible.
When entry into confined spaces is unavoidable, all hazards have been considered and there are sufficient safe systems of work and emergency arrangements in place that will reduce the risk of injury to the persons involved.
Ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
A Confined Space can be any space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (e.g. lack of oxygen).
Some confined spaces are fairly easy to identify, e.g.
Enclosures with limited openings
Enclosed drains and sewers
Others may be less obvious, but can be equally dangerous, e.g.
Combustion chambers in furnaces etc
Unventilated or poorly ventilated rooms
It is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of confined spaces. It must also be noted that some places may become confined spaces when work is carried out or during their construction, fabrication or subsequent modification.
Drainline have all equipment, training, permits and experience necessary to undertake confined space entry and working.
Drainline have been and are currently undertaking confined space working on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link apparatus at depths of up to 70 metres, this work continually presents new and mainly unprecedented challenges that require our expertise in this area to devise a work plan that meets both confined space regulations and our clients’ needs.
Drainline can carry out a variety of work tasks within a confined space, drainage related or other, please contact us with your requirements.