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08/02/2012

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Nancy Pearce

That is interesting. I am guessing however that if you tried to carry an injured person out of a space who is strapped to a board, that this may be a very different scenario. So handing supplies may be very different from carrying someone out of a narrow spiral staircase. That is why OSHA generally considers spiral staircases to create a restricted means of egress and exit.

Giana Forzareli

Believe it or not, my Community Emergency Response Team at my college discussed confined spaces issue when we were finding out ways to properly save someone in this type of setting. We were then set out to find whether spiral staircases are good for rescue events. We looked at rental spiral staircases prices as we planned to design an activity to rescue someone. The school provided regular stairs, so we took a stop watch and timed each rescue. We found that the spiral stair case worked to our advantage, as it worked as a great way to hand supplies off to the medical response team. It is really cool to find out what your limitations are in confined spaces.

Nancy Pearce

Absolutely! Both have a part and both are critical to ensure employee's safety. If employees are NOT following clearly communicated safety rules, the employer should make every attempt to determine why these rules are not being followed. Is it that the employees feel rushed to get a job done? Are there "rewards" for following proper safety procedures? Are there clearly defined and consequences for NOT following safety procedures. In my professional experience there are many reasons why safety procedures are not followed. It is important for the employer to make every effort to make safety a priority from the top down so that employees will follow their lead.

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It is the employer's responsibility to make the workplace safe for its employees. The employees, in turn, should follow rules and regulations to avoid injuries and accidents.

Occupational Health and Safety Training

It is very necessary for an organization to provide proper and safe environment in their workplace. Thanks for this sensible information you have provided.

Terry Davies

very interesting article, defining precisely a confined space. it's encouraging to get some clarity in this matter

Terry

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