The e-learning series will focus on confined space safety for utilities and contractors.
Starting in May, United Rentals is hosting a series of online safety courses focused on working in confined spaces. The webinar series, taking place the week of May 9, will discuss steps construction and utility contractors can take to improve safety in confined space environments. Not only are there risks of physical injury in confined spaces, but also risks of flammables and air pollutants. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 148 deaths related to working in confined spaces in 2018.
There are several rules that construction and utility companies must follow when workers perform tasks in confined spaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its rules on working in confined spaces in 2015 following work-related deaths and injuries. Typical containments include tanks, underground vaults, manholes, tunnels, sewers, storm sewers, equipment housing, crawl spaces and HVAC ducts.
“Nothing is more important than safety on the construction site. Complying with confined space regulations can not only improve safety, but also help increase productivity,” said Scott Thomas, regional product development manager at United Rentals. “Training is essential to prepare workers to identify potential hazards and to work safely in and around a confined space. Confined Space Safety Week webinars will share important information to help companies keep their sites safe without sacrificing efficiency.
According to United Rentals, anyone can attend the free educational sessions, which will be presented by experienced United Rentals confined space staff. To register, visit the United Rentals Webinar Series webpage.
What are you breathing? Initial testing is crucial before people enter a confined space. Scott Thomas, regional product development manager United Rentals will highlight the effects of atmospheric hazards on the human body to illustrate why continuous monitoring is always best. The session will review proper testing procedures using an instrument in either pump mode or diffusion mode. It will break down general information on calibrations, functional testing, and overall maintenance to ensure equipment is working properly for every confined space entry project. Available: May 10 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT.
Confined space ventilation: what is right and how to achieve it? Confined spaces (as defined by OSHA) can be found in virtually every workplace. Where employee entry into these spaces is required, the employer must ensure safe entry, which means assessing existing and potential physical and atmospheric hazards. When an atmospheric hazard is detected or likely to develop, adequate ventilation is necessary. In this webinar, Bruce Magee, Regional Product Manager at United Rentals, will explore proper vent sizing, configuration, purge time and more to help ensure a safer workplace. Available: May 11 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT.
Ready for a no-entry rescue? In this webinar, Joe Wise, Regional Customer Training Manager at United Rentals, will help attendees understand the importance of retrieval systems, why having the right setup is essential, and how to maintain equipment before the start. confined space operations. During the discussion of retrieval systems, the session will break down the main differences between a self-retracting lifeline and mechanical winches. The webinar will also review equipment inspections to ensure readiness to perform an effective and safe no-entry rescue. Available: May 12 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT.
With over 92 trench safety locations and the largest fleet of confined space and excavation rental equipment in North America, United Rentals provides OSHA and OH&S compliant trench protection systems and advice. on-site, engineering services and safety training.