According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), numerous employees are injured or killed while working in confined spaces and about 60% of the fatalities documented have been among the supposed rescuers.
Are Confined Spaces dangerous?
As provided in a NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) publication which summarises the findings from 423 incidents that occurred between December 1983 and September 1993, 480 deaths were recorded.
Confined spaces are dangerous because:
Emergency response teams or individuals saddled with the responsibility of rescuing distressed entrants in confined spaces. Proper training is required so that the rescuer does not get caught himself in the confined space.
What are the roles of a confined space rescuer?
There are three main types of confined space rescue techniques:
Examples of rescue equipment
There are various types of rescue equipment available to assist confined space entry and rescue operations. Confined space entry and rescue training will equip safety workers with the ability to evaluate and determine what tool or equipment is appropriate for an entry and rescue operation. The equipment required to perform a rescue will include:
At the end of the training course, individuals and emergency rescue teams would have acquired the necessary skills required for confined space entry and rescue operation. A verifiable certificate of completion will also be issued to partakers.