Confined spaces pose unique risks as they are not always designed for people to work in and can have poor ventilation, which can allow dangerous conditions to develop. In addition, deadly gases are often invisible and may be heavier than air, allowing them to remain at the bottom of the confined space. This means that you won’t know they exist until it’s too late and could result in a worker being rendered unconscious and in need of rescue. Without training and the required equipment, it is impossible to rescue someone before incapacitation and death ocurrs. Many people have died entering a confined space to resue someone else, only to become a victim themselves.
Some confined space gases also pose an explosion risk and, as in the case of sewers and drains, they may also be biohazardous environments.
Our Qualifications and Equipment
Orbital staff are trained to use the equipment and certified to raise the required permits to enter confined spaces safely. We own and maintain the gas testing and other safety equipment needed to successfully carry out this work, including a substantial breathing air delivery capability. We are also trained to work at heights, as some of our work places classify as both a confined space and height risk; such as sewer and stormwater maintenance holes which are often metres deep.