Vital Safety

vital | adjective | 1. critical, absolutely necessary 2. performing and essential function 3. characteristic of life


Workcover fines company and issues confined space warning after explosion

Workcover Victoria fined a company $32,000 after an explosion in a confined space at a char/briquette plant that injured one employee.  A number of confined space issues were identified during Workcover's investigation.  Prior to entering confined spaces, employers must:

  • Conduct hazard identification and risk assessment of the confined space
  • Issue a permit that refers to hazards and safety controls required for the task
  • Provide a means of communication for the standby person to call for help
  • Record each entry and exit from the space
  • Establish an emergency retrieval plan specifically for the space
  • Ensure all people working in confined spaces are trained

The Workcover news release can be accessed from the following link.