Confined Spaces. . .We Have a Failure to Communicate

A quote from the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke” perfectly sums up the problems that we all face with confined spaces: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach.” Approximately 60% of all deaths in confined spaces are rescuers[1], because the men and women inside the space can’t communicate about the dangers within. According to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)... Read More

Wireless Gas Detectors for Confined Space Entries

Wireless gas detectors can help you perform safer confined space entries. The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the implementation of permit required confined space entry regulations in the United States. Since then, the thousands of entries that take place across the country every day have become, shall we say, standard. We consult the written confined space program, assess the space for potential hazards, and... Read More

When it Comes to Workplace Safety, Who’s Got Your Back?

With the technology available today, you’ve probably thought, who is watching me? Let’s get real for a moment. Someone is monitoring some aspect of someone’s life, somewhere. The question is, for what purpose? Now that I have your attention, let’s shift gears and talk about the positive use for this technology. Preserving human life. A gas monitor that can alert you of hazardous conditions while recording user and site data... Read More

The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants

The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants You see them and drive past them all the time. Every community has one. Chances are that a close neighbor, one of your best friends, or even a member of your family may work in one. When low pressure sets in, and the wind blows in the right direction, the stench is horrific. But the smell is only a hint to the abundant hazards that you might encounter when working at a wastewater treatment plant. The potential for slips,... Read More

Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part II

If you’ve ever worked around a confined space, you’ve probably seen or heard about an incident involving missed alarms. Perhaps the attendant set the gas monitor on the ground and stepped away to sign paperwork or respond to a radio call. Because of noise from nearby machinery, the attendant completely failed to notice that the gas monitor went into alarm, and he could not see it because it was on the ground. Powerful alarms... Read More

Using Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part I

Using Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part I You’ve probably heard confined space horror stories a million times. The person working inside the confined space is performing routine maintenance and becomes unresponsive. The attendant responsible for monitoring the work goes into the confined space to check on the other worker and is overcome by deadly gas. It’s a tragic story of trying to help a co-worker based on gut reaction rather than proper safety protocols.... Read More