Confined Spaces – Eliminate Hazards or STAY OUT.

Our Confined Space Entry (CSE) Supervisor training over the past year has helped all of us in understanding the many ways one can be injured or killed within a confined space.  Hazard knowledge and situational awareness are skills that must be learned and refined to help make the CSE task increasingly safe.  There have been many fatal accidents in confined spaces in the agricultural manufacturing industry, primarily due to engulfment by flowing grain or entrapment in mechanical hazards such as augers.  Our recent confined space inventory at all facilities has been part of a complete review of our Standard Operating Procedures for safe confined space entry.  This ongoing project enables all entities to properly classify each space and then carefully study the best procedures for entry considering ALL mechanical, atmospheric, engulfment, pneumatic, hydraulic, stored energy, thermal and liquid hazards potentially present in each identified space.  May we all commit to continuing to increase our knowledge of all aspects of safe Confined Space Entry.  It all comes down to Safe choices.  Take care.

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