SafeWork NSW highlighted on its website the risks of working in confined spaces and for employers, the aspects to consider in keeping workers safe.
Examples of confined spaces are pipes, chimneys, sewers, shafts, wells, pressure vessels, trenches, tunnels, pits, tanks and vats.
These confined spaces aren’t designed for people to work in them and as such they usually have poor ventilation, allowing hazardous atmospheres to develop quickly and even more so in small spaces.
Work in a confined space is risky and can be fatal if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Some of the hazards include lack of oxygen, risk of explosions and airborne contaminants, incidents when people are swallowed up in flood waters, sewerage, smoke or dirt.
SafeWork goes on to highlight the laws surrounding confined space work and provide some practical tips.