Near Fatality Following Confined Space Entry

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Conference
2013 Water, Environment & Transport Service Group
Date
5 February 2013
Decision
Carried

This Conference is aware of an incident that took place on a water meter chamber in Slovakia which ultimately resulted in 1 of 2 water meter readers suffering brain damage which will likely prevent him from working ever again.

Whilst most of the water industry in Great Britain follows the correct procedures in regards to confined space entry, this needs to be fully briefed to subcontractors who now usually undertake this type of work.

Furthermore, the appropriate Health and Safety guidance needs to be produced in languages in addition to English in the event that those entering confined spaces are migrant workers.

This conference calls on the WET Executive to devise a best practice guide regarding confined spaces for Branches to use in conjunction with their employers to try to minimise the risk of similar occurrences as outlined happening in this country.