Expertise is very important in managing confined space risks
Aside being completely or partially enclosed, a confined space poses a lot of risks to people. It is believed that about 60% of confined space fatalities have been among the would-be rescue team. The dangers or hazards that abound within a confined space are a lot more than normal workspaces.
Daniel Okrent opined that: “Right, but there’s expertise and then there’s inside information. And I think we have to make the distinction.” The Oxford dictionary defines expertise as: “an expert skill or knowledge in a particular field.” If you are regarded as an expert in a given field, it becomes apparent that you have a higher degree of knowledge or authority in the given subject matter.
In the field of confined space, the role of an expert is very crucial in ensuring the safety of workers. The experts know the confined space regulations, the risks involved, the appropriate equipment and the ability to make a quick and well-informed decision.
It is with regards to the abovementioned and the importance of expertise, that a well-trained confined space top-man, from the Hydro Cleansing team was able to upgrade a 2 man confined space team to an additional 3 man rescue team.
The task ahead was one that required a great degree of careful planning and expertise, where every little detail was important. To get into as much detail as possible, there was a tunnel with a length of about 75 metres. One of the bigger challenges was an exposed 11, 000v power line. The other issue was an overflowing sewer that had led to an aggregation of waste. The confined space team were expected to clean the sewer overflow to enable the safe repair of the power lines.
The Hydro Cleansing top-man utilised his deep understanding of health and safety legislation, to make the important decisions that helped this job end in success. The top-man utilised his expertise to make the confined space refined or cleared for the repair of the power line.
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