Fall River, MA (PressExposure) October 05, 2011 -- With two recent confined space accidents, the need for safety training for work in these dangerous environments is ever more apparent. Last week, two men were killed in Kennebunkport, Maine while working in an underground sewer and a West Bridgewater, Mass man fell unconscious while repairing a malfunctioning septic tank. Both accidents were the direct result of toxic gas inhalation.
In addition to the sale of a wide variety of workplace safety products, including everything from breathing apparatuses to gas detection monitors, Apollo Safety pleased to offer a training course titled "Basic Gas Detection and Confined Space Entry," designed to teach companies to not only enter these confined spaces safely, but to utilize gas detection instruments in an safe and effective way in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
In response to these recent accidents, John V. Carvalho III, president and CEO of Apollo Safety said, "Most of us in the industry realize these incidents are preventable with proper and continuous use of gas detection. Unfortunately, many who work underground, especially in regard to sewage, falsely believe they can 'smell' when the air is 'too bad' to continue to work. It is imperative for every person who enters a confined space to use a properly calibrated gas detector prior to the entry and continuously throughout the entire entry. Our thoughts and prayers go out the families, friends, and co-workers of these gentlemen.
"We at Apollo Safety understand the danger workers face when entering confined spaces, and we will design a Confined Space Entry (CSE) plan specific to individual companies. Our training program focuses on OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146."
With proper training on how to work in a confined space, accidents can be eliminated. Once a CSE program is in place and workers have been properly trained how to recognize hazards and to use gas detection monitors correctly, confined space entrants can prevent injury and death due to atmospheric and physical hazards. To schedule a training course call Apollo Safety at (508) 673-2544.
Apollo Safety, Inc. was created to distribute safety, environmental, and industrial equipment and to provide competent, professional training at an affordable cost to the small to mid-sized customer and serve the industrial, commercial, construction, institutional and government industries.