Dealing With Confined Space A Complicated Challenge

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | April 2014, Vol. 69 No. 4

A full body harness and lifeline system is the most commonly used method. Boat davit style winch systems that can mounted to trench boxes or trucks are available and easy to incorporate on job sites. Also viable are lifelines that can be secured outside the space or excavation, then hooked to a retrieval device. Whatever the rescue means selected, employers should carefully evaluate and discuss how they can be effectively used at the site.

“Finally,” concludes Pettyjohn, “it is necessary to recognize there are confined space scenarios that exceed the expertise levels of most construction workers and know when it’s time to ‘punt’ by calling in confined space experts.”

Jack Pettyjohn, (832) 922-5674;