Jul 192011
 

Lifesaving ladder for entry

Informal Tanker Operators Safety Forum currently carries this photo of a useful cheap way of making entry into a ballast tank, or any manhole, that bit safer.Says the blog: “The… arrangement easily fits on the manhole studs and is light & portable”.

Apparently the arrangement came about following a close call, which demonstrates the importance of reporting close calls.

It’s easy to lose grip or slip when climbing into a manhole of this kind, which may then lead to  need to rescue from a confined space, and this arrangement reduces the chance of that happening.

It is also worth pointing out that when opening a confined space of this sort, whether it’s a ballast tank or an anchor cable locker, it is a good idea to step back – one can become enveloped in a cloud of oxygen deficient air and be rendered unconscious – yes it has happened more than once.

 

 

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