Keeping Workers Safe when Working in Confined Spaces

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.


Be Careful When Working Confined Spaces

Two workers died inside a tank on a trailer last month, prompting an investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Inspectors believe that the trailer last transported a mix of sugar cane by-product and urea.

The 2 workers were cleaning inside the tanks after unloading it earlier.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland reminded all workplaces about the risks of working in confined spaces and obligations under state safety laws for both employers and employees.

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Man Killed in Workplace Accident near Darwin


A workplace accident at a Bladin Point construction site in Darwin has resulted in the death of a 56 year worker.

The incident happened while the man was working in a confined space at the site.

NT WorkSafe is investigating the incident after issuing a prohibition notice stopping all insulation work within tanks on the site.

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