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Common Confined Space Hazards

Common Confined Space Hazards

Jet Blast avoids all these confined space hazards and more when water jet blasting.

Confined spaces include equipment such as tanks, silos, culverts, pipelines, vessels, and more. A confined space is any place with limited entry and exit that is not designed for human indwelling. It is a space that can also have hazards to human life. Fatalities and injuries due to confined space entry happen at a rate of about 0.05 and 0.08 out of 100,000 workers, according to a 2017 survey. Jet Blast Inc. is fully aware of confined space hazards and is always on top of keeping the job safe and successful. These are the most common confined space hazards.

Most Common Confined Space Hazards


The hazard of engulfment in a confined space includes becoming trapped by either liquid or solid materials. Engulfment by a liquid such as water or oil could result in drowning or asphyxiation. Engulfment by a solid usually refers to a crust above head or underfoot that collapses while workers are there. 

Physical Hazards

Physical hazards might be the most obvious dangers in a confined area, but nonetheless needing great care to avoid. These dangers would be physical objects falling on top of workers, entanglement in physical objects like machinery, and falling from heights. 

Toxic Atmospheric Hazards

Confined spaces have different molecular makeups that may contain an insufficient oxygen level for human life or a harmful percentage of toxic gas. Therefore, the two types of toxic atmosphere hazards are asphyxiation and inhalation of toxic fumes. It is necessary to test the atmosphere before putting a man in there. 

Flammable Atmospheric Hazards

Aside from poisonous gas, the confined area could also contain a percentage of flammable gas. When this gas mixes with a certain solid, liquid, or gas, an explosion or fire could occur, resulting in injuries or death.

Specialized Training for Confined Space Service

Jet Blast Inc. has the top-of-the-line professionals to perform confined space cleaning on your commercial, industrial, or municipal site. Our employees must excel in a written test, hands-on training, and continuous training. We follow all OSHA and MOSHA guidelines for confined space entry. When possible, we also have no-entry cleaning methods and tools to keep your vessels, tanks, etc. in shape.

Contact Jet Blast Inc. Today!

Jet Blast® Industrial Services strives every day in an effort to provide our customers with the best service and equipment possible. Providing a safe and stable workplace has allowed us to keep a team of quality people with most having a tenure of 15 – 25 years with Jet Blast®. With all that experience under one roof, we have been able to provide reliable 24-hour service since 1979. I believe this helps to set us apart from the competition.

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