Safety is at the core of every project that the Spec Engineering team works on. Regardless of the project scope or location, safety practices guide our team to ensure each and every person goes home safely at night. As the month of June welcomes National Safety Month, it is an appropriate time to reflect on some key trainings that can be applied across a variety of industries – as well as in your personal life.
Confined space work can be much more dangerous than initially thought of. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines confined spaces as spaces that are not designed for continuous occupancy. If there was an emergency, it would be difficult to exit the space quickly to avoid harm. These areas are large enough for an employee to enter, have limited means of entry/exit, and are not designed for continuous occupancy.
In the markets that Spec serves, many customers have tanks, vessels, or mixers that need to be cleaned out or serviced. Sometimes the only way to have a thorough cleaning or inspection is to have an employee get inside the confined space. Outside of the construction industry, you can probably think of a few spaces around your house that could qualify as a confined space – potentially a crawl space in your basement or underneath a deck outside. It is important to understand how to properly enter confined spaces to avoid any potential harm.