Incident Notice 2016-09

Incident Notice 2016-09

Type: Exposure / Fatality

Industry: Mining and Petroleum Development

Incident Summary:

A worker entered a vessel that was under a nitrogen purge and was using a Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus (SABA). The worker went into distress immediately upon entering the vessel, resulting in a fatality.

Safety Reminders:

  • A confined space means a restricted space which may become hazardous to a worker. If workers are required to enter a confined space, special precautions are required to protect them from a potentially injurious or lethal atmospheres (flammability, explosivity or toxicity), oxygen depletion or enrichment, or situations of possible entrapment.
  • Examples of confined spaces include: process vessels, tanks, silos, storage bins/units, vats, pipelines, sewers, boilers, and pits.
  • Ensure workers are familiar with the Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Code of practice.
  • Ensure respirators are properly cleaned, stored and maintained.
  • Ensure workers have been fit tested and a positive seal check with the respirator.
  • Consideration should be given to using double action locks on all air line connections.

Safety Resources:

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Modified: 2017-12-06
PID: 15757

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