Posted by Foster Law on July 14, 2014
According to the Industrial Safety Training Institute (ISTI):
Unfortunately, many of these incidents occur because workers and employers do not know what constitutes a confined space and are unaware of the possible dangers that exist. In the event of an emergency, those that are faced with the dangers of entering a confined space are improperly trained and going in without the proper safeguards.
A confined space is an enclosed area or partially enclosed space with limited accessibility that:
Confined spaces can be located anywhere, above or below ground. Virtually every workplace has some form of confined spaces. A confined space, in spite of its name, does not have to be small.
Confined spaces are dangerous especially during an emergency because of the complications entering and exiting them. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including asphyxiation, electrocution, toxic elements and explosions.
Any hazards that you find in or around a workplace can also be found in a confined space. Unfortunately that is part of the reason they are even more hazardous.
Hazards in confined spaces can include:
In the construction industry, entering confined spaces is often necessary, but it doesn't need to result in an injury or a fatality. The first step the new rule will address is the need to emphasize training, continuously evaluate worksites and communication requirements to further protect workers' safety and health.
If you have experienced a debilitating work injury and are not able to work you may need to seek compensation for wages and time lost. The only way to protect yourself and know if you are owed damages is to speak with a law firm that specializes in work injury cases.
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness and are seeking workers' compensation benefits, please contact Foster Law, PC to schedule a free initial consultation. We are attorneys in Seattle, Washington with specific expertise in workers' compensation law and can help ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve. Call 206-682-3436 or fill out our online contact form for more information.