Here are seven facts relating to confined spaces:
- 1 confined space fatality occurs every four days on average in workplaces across the United States. (US Department of Labor)
- Toxic gases present 2 risks: chemical asphyxiation (smothering) and irritation to the human respiratory system, skin and eyes.
- 4 dangers of confined spaces are oxygen deficiency or oxygen enrichment; fire/explosion; the potential to drown in liquids or solids; and toxic atmospheres.
- 10 examples of confined spaces are vessels, tanks, storage bins, silos, vaults, pits, manholes, sewers, septic systems and pipelines.
- About 50 percent of confined space deaths in Canada result from insufficient oxygen. (Labour, Government of Canada)
- 60 percent of the people who die in confined spaces are would-be rescuers attempting to help fallen co-workers. (OSHA)
- 61 percent of confined space fatalities in the US occur during construction, repair or cleaning activities. (US Department of Labor)