Thinking Outside the Box: Tips from a Painting Contractor on Working Safely in Confined Spaces

From JPCL, July 2013

by Kyle Hough and Duane Hough, Champion Painting Specialty Services Corp.

This article gives contractors insights on developing a plan to create a safe work environment in permit-required confined spaces, with a focus on hazardous atmospheres. Using a ground storage tank and a greywater tank on a cruise ship as examples, the article give tips for conducting job hazard analysis, using engineering controls, and developing rescue plans, as well as lending insight to training, documentation, lighting, planning, and troubleshooting....
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Tagged categories: Confined space; Health & Safety; OSHA; Tanks and vessels

Comment from Chuck Pease, (7/31/2013, 9:58 PM)

Great article!!! Lets all remeber you can have a confined space plan or a safety manual 6" thick , however all are useless without irob clad implementation. Otherwise it is all window dressing.


Comment from Chuck Pease, (7/31/2013, 9:59 PM)

I meant iron clad.


Comment from Car F., (8/6/2013, 11:56 AM)

Lack of supervision and effective training are probably two of the most common causes of accidents, including confined space entry. The regulations are in place to prevent accidents, but the enforcement is lacking and the penallties for violators of rules are laughbable. Paying fines for serious or fatal accidents seems to be part of doing business; mandatory incarceration for willful negligence should be a powerful deterrence, yet to be implemented.


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