Confined Space Entry

One of the limitations imposed on water system technicians is that much of the infrastructure that must be worked on is located in what’s referred to as confined spaces. To fit this definition, the space must exhibit three characteristics:

  • It must be large enough for the technician’s body to fit inside to perform necessary work. This is true even if it’s only head and shoulder’s that fit, as long as the space limitation doesn’t hamper the ability to get the job done
  • The space is not intended for continuous occupation
  • Entry and exit into or out of the space in restricted

Confined spaces may include:

  • Lift Stations
  • Boilers
  • Pits
  • Process Vessels
  • Septic Tanks
  • Storage Bins
  • Hoppers
  • Silos

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 1.6 million people enter confined spaces annually. But not all of them are doing so with the proper safety equipment, site preparation and precautions. It’s estimated that if everyone used this type of compliance, American businesses could annually avoid

  • 53 worker deaths
  • 5,000 lost day cases
  • 5,700 other related accidents

At APS Environmental, we care deeply about solving our customers’ problems, and offer them cutting-edge service, innovation in ideas and their implementation, and quality workmanship. However, safety is – and must be – our Number One priority. The well-being of our staff and their families is extremely important to us. Without them feeling protected and cared for, they wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the best way to tackle your issues.

So we make sure they have everything they need to successfully complete your confined space entry project:

  • proper high-quality, dependable safety gear and equipment
  • the right training and certification for the work they must perform
  • the correct, well-maintained tools to get the job done