My point of view,

This is the second time I have used this particular article to discuss the difficult topic of ‘Confined Space Entry’. It has become my favourite course to teach and will continue to attempt to get the word out that training, above all, must be the major step when workers are around or in a ‘Confined Space’.

Please take your time and review. The article is almost 6 years old but it is just as important today as it was then.

Daniel L. Beal
Senior Trainer at HRS Group Inc.

Found in the Government of Ontario Newsroom

Lafarge Canada Inc., a manufacturer of construction material, pleaded guilty today to a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that caused the death of a worker. The company was fined $350,000.

On August 27, 2008, workers at the company’s cement plant in Ernestown were lining the inside of a kiln with new bricks. To install bricks on the ceiling of the kiln, the workers used a special rig. The rig was composed of a work platform mounted on four legs with an overhead arch to hold up bricks. As the workers advanced the rig along the sloping kiln floor, they had to adjust its legs to keep the work platform level. As the rig was being adjusted, its platform lurched forward. The workers who had been on the platform fell, as did the rig’s arch. The arch, weighing over 400 kilograms, landed on one of the workers, fatally crushing him.

The lack of training or just the lack of understanding of a confined space and its associated hazards was at the heart of an accident at a Quebec campsite. This happens a few years ago, (August 2004, to be exact) and an employee of Camping Lac Du Repos, located in the municipality of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, was trying to unclog the outlet pipe of the campgroundā€™s septic system when the deadly events were set in motion.