Confined spaces (such as storage tanks, ship compartments, pits, silos, wells, sewers, boilers, tunnels and pipelines) can be dangerous places. According to OSHA, accidents in confined areas kill an average of 70 American workers a year and injure hundreds, primarily due to atmospheres that were flammable, toxic, or corrosive.
To make sure that your employees know what they should do – and, just as important, not do – in case they need to deal with confined space emergency – safety experts recommend that they follow these guidelines.
What workers should do:
First, report the situation immediately to your supervisor, who will notify an emergency rescue team. If the people inside can rescue themselves safely, keep in contact with them throughout the procedure, and help them in any way possible without entering the space. If a rescue by an outside party is needed – and you’re trained, equipped, and authorized to do this – go ahead. If the emergency calls for a rescue team, let those inside the space know that help is on the way, keep in touch with them, and wait for the team to arrive.
What workers should not do:
Never let other workers attempt a rescue unless they have the training, equipment, and authorization to do so. Don’t allow anyone except the designated rescue team to enter a confined space in an emergency. Don’t leave the entry point to the confined space until the rescue team arrives.
We’d be happy to work with you on training your workers to deal with a confined space emergency – just give us a call at Scurich Insurance Services!
A racecar driver at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during the Friday night races, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The 64-year-old San Jose man was participating in the event when a sheriff’s deputy noticed that he may have been driving drunk, according to the CHP.
A CHP officer arrested the driver, Leslie Charles Hunter, in the pit area of the raceway around 8:20 p.m., authorities said.
The CHP did not explain what about Hunter’s behavior drew suspicion. They also did not release information about his blood-alcohol level.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Hunter allegedly forced other drivers off the track.
Ocean Speedway is located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on East Lake Avenue, a couple miles north of Watsonville. It hosts a regular slate of races on Friday nights in the summer and fall.
Hunter was ranked No. 9 in the IMCA Sports Mod standings at Ocean Speedway as of July 19.
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