On Monday, a worker saved his mate’s life by hitting him with a wooden plank in a desperate attempt to get him to release his grip on an electrified lamppost, according to local press reports in the Basingstoke Gazette and the Southern Daily Echo.
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.
Two North East companies have been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after workers were exposed to danger of electrocution when a digger struck an underground cable.
An employee of a contractor in Hampshire suffered burns to his face and wrist after a fuel tank he was working on unexpectedly exploded.
Even in a large, open-air area such as a quarry, the dangers of confined spaces still exist. Despite the fact that you’d think there was unlikely to be confined spaces in these environments, confined spaces are often located within equipment, below ground and in other applications with a quarry.
A confined space, an area that’s hard to enter, potentially dangerous and generally unsafe for human habitation, should always be approached with care, the correct knowledge and the correct equipment for entry. This makes sure at all times that the safety of those entering the space is not jeopardised and the risk of potentially fatal incidents is exponentially reduced.
It’s shocking to think, but the vast majority of incidents that occur within confined spaces never go reported. Even when they do, fatalities that occur as a result of an accident within an enclosed environment are rarely reported, leading to a lack of awareness of the dangers these environments pose.