A council has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for serious safety failings after workers struck and ruptured an underground gas pipe, releasing almost four tonnes of gas in June 2010.
Gas detection maintenance has fuelled growing demand for gas detection equipment wherever hazardous levels of gas may be found. Employers need to train workers to use, maintain, and calibrate gas detection equipment safely, whether portable or fixed.
Asphyxia, gas poisoning, fumes, fire and explosions are common hazards so employers and employees need to be aware of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997.
An employee of a contractor in Hampshire suffered burns to his face and wrist after a fuel tank he was working on unexpectedly exploded.
Due to the nature of a ship, confined spaces are part of the daily lives for those who work within. Learning to take the correct precautions, using the right equipment and receiving the correct training within these areas is essential for seafaring personnel to ensure their safety at all times.