Scaffolding in Confined Spaces

Confined space access is a specialized form of access work and requires an experienced and competent crew to deal with the unique safety requirements involved in installing and working within a restricted area. In addition an experienced crew will understand the importance of creating and testing a rescue plan in a confined space.

According to Safe Work Australia, a confined space is determined by the hazards associated with the specific situation – not just because work is performed in a small space.

A confined space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:

  • is not designed or intended to be occupied by a person
  • is at normal atmospheric pressure—or is designed or intended to be at normal atmospheric pressure—while a person is in the space
  • is a risk to health and safety from:
    • an atmosphere that doesn’t have a safe oxygen level
    • contaminants like airborne gases, vapours and dusts that may cause injury from fire or explosion
  • has harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants
  • is at risk of engulfment.

Confined spaces can be found in many work environments, and can include underground sewers, wells, shafts (Not Active Mines) Tunnels, tanks, pits pipes, chimneys and a variety of other enclosed or partially enclosed structures.

Confined space rescues often involve complex rope rescue systems, utilising breathing apparatus and gas detection equipment. To ensure that you have a tried and tested capability to rescue injured personnel during confined space emergencies, ensure that you put in confined space rescue plans, conduct appropriate confined space rescue training and regularly carry out confined space emergency response exercises.

As a confined space access provider, all Aluminium Access Systems Personnel working in confined spaces understand the hazards and understand the importance of a protection and escape plan.

A briefing is held before each job performed, with an even more in depth briefing when working with confined space. Below are some topics of discussion:

  • The lay out of the site and surrounding area,
  • Any hazards that can be identified
  • The control measures in place
  • Emergency procedures,
  • A test of all PPE to be used for the site.

Aluminium Access Systems has experienced staff, well equipped for all of your access needs, please get in contact if we can be of assistance!