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Confined Space (Permits, confined spaces)

White tank with a ladder on the left side and pipes attached to it. Caption reads: Workers enter confined spaces like this one to perform periodic cleaning tasks. Keep them safe by identifying and controlling potential hazards.Every year workers die in confined spaces due to a variety of hazards that can suffocate, engulf, electrocute, or harm entrants in other ways.

Tanks, storage bins, utility vaults, pits and many other commonly encountered work spaces are classified as confined spaces. These spaces are large enough to accommodate workers, but arenít primarily designed for continuous employee occupancy and offer limited means for entry or exit.

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