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Confined space accidents continue to hit the headlines

Confined space accidents continue to hit the headlines

29 April 2016

Confined spaces are dangerous places. Every year in the UK, people are killed or seriously injured in confined space-related incidents occurring across a wide range of industries.

Immediate concerns

A London based construction company has been fined £40,000 after an inspection from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The inspector raised immediate concerns about a 3.5m excavation directly behind the front door, which was the only entrance and exit for the site. The inspector instructed a worker to leave the shaft because of the lack of support to stop people, materials or objects falling into it.

An investigation revealed that RS Construction has received previous enforcement action yet still failed to ensure safe access to the construction site.

The work was not planned appropriately

In Swansea, a self-employed contractor has been jailed for six months after his employee was killed when a trench collapsed on top of him.

54 year-old Hywel Glyndwr Richards entered the trench to remove a large clump of soil that had fallen into the trench. Unfortunately, it collapsed, buried him and he died before emergency services could arrive.

The HSE found that the work was not planned appropriately and the risk assessment was not suitable or sufficient. The workers were not appropriately trained and suitable equipment to a prevent collapse were not provided.

Confined Spaces Awareness Seminar

Develop Training (DTL) is pleased to announce we’ll be hosting our latest Confined Spaces Awareness seminar in Scotland this June.

We’ve designed the seminar specifically for individuals looking for a theoretical awareness of confined spaces in the context of the Confined Space regulations, 3rd Edition. The event is approved under the City & Guilds Frontline Skills Framework 5831 scheme and, where required, can include City & Guilds certification.

As you may have read in our free-to-download whitepaper, confined spaces claim the lives of as many as 30 people in the UK each year. Anyone, in any industry, can be exposed to working in such conditions, often without realising it. It is vital people are aware of the dangers so they can manage the associated risks as accidents occur more often when workers have little or no knowledge about confined spaces.

The seminar will cover:

  • Confined Spaces Legislation
  • Identification with Confined Spaces
  • Interactive workshop
  • Mobile confined spaces training unit demonstration
  • Q&A

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