Journal Entry 2, October 2010: Confined Spaces: A Quick Drill and Review

By Ron KantermanRecently, there was a double tragedy in Tarrytown, New York, where a volunteer firefighter lost his life attempting to rescue an unconscious person in a manhole who happened to be another volunteer firefighter working for the town’s Department of Public Works. A fire department in Indiana was recently fined by the State Department of Labor for violations stemming from an attempted confined space rescue that turned out to be a close call. Two civilians died that day, and two firefighters were overcome in a well pit by acid fumes. Luckily, they were rescued and are alive today. The sole reason the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wrote and promulgat...

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