Confined spaces: Silent and invisible killers
from Work Boat
Recently, the Coast Guard released a Marine Safety Alert, “Confined Spaces: Silent & Invisible Killers.” Safety Alert 04-19 serves as a reminder that despite decades of work by to improve confined space entry by maritime safety organizations, training institutions and vessel owners/operators, the risks have not been eliminated. This is illustrated by a recent casualty where three persons were asphyxiated while working onboard a laid-up mobile offshore drilling unit. Although the investigation is not yet complete, the information is conveyed with the continued hope that it will highlight this hazard with the aim to prevent recurrence.
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