Confined Space Pit Cleaning

Confined Space Pit Cleaning: Leave your Dangerous Work for Us.

Get production running without risking your employees safety.  Whether you have a scheduled pit cleaning or its a emergency production stop, you can eliminate unnecessary Risk.

Confined Space Pit Cleaning

A steel products manufacturer recently complimented our 3 man crew for a physically demanding, bicep-busting job.  Why? A confined space pit cleaning project that could have delayed production by 4 or more hours, was completed in just over 2 hours.

In the foreground is water blaster.  "The water is pressured to 15,000 psi, travels through 150 feet of hose where the operator wields "the gun" and breaks up sludge and solids inside a tank," shares Tom Wendler, AWS Pennsylvania GM.

In the foreground is water blaster. “The water is pressured to 15,000 psi, travels through 150 feet of hose where the operator wields “the gun” and breaks up sludge and solids inside a tank,” shares Tom Wendler, AWS Pennsylvania GM.

Confined space pit cleaning projects are commonly associated with scheduled production shutdowns.  Sometimes, its the employee who draws the shortest straw, gets stuck doing this work. However, employees that take on this grueling work likely encounter unfamiliar hazards that can not only delay a clean out, but threaten personal safety of the employees.

Beating the Clock

“The 3 man crew that was here today did a great job.  There were here at 6 am as promised, setup and cleaning the heavy dry sludge in the pit by 6:20.  It was a physically demanding job and they stayed at it, until it was complete.”

What

“Even open top pits with 4 feet depth could be classified as a confined space pit, requiring a 3 man crew to perform the pit cleaning,” shares Mike Altmayer, AWS EH&S Manager.

“What originally was thought would take 4 hours or more was completed in a little over 2 hours. Their energy level and effort is greatly appreciated. This is just another reason we partner with AWS.  Thanks again to all for a job well done.”

Eliminate the problem and the risks. 

Should my “Pit” be a permit required confined space? It depends.  Start by referring to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146.From the OSHA.GOV website:

“Permit-required confined space (permit space)” means a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:

(1) Contains or has a potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere;

(2) Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant;

(3) Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section; or

(4) Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.

Be Prepared. Be Safe. Stay Alive.

For any business that must manage the challenge and risk of employees working in confined spaces, training is everything.

Confined Space Training Simulator Milwaukee

We provide confined space training to our employees and clients. Its a one of a kind, training module that provides real-life, hands on experience.

To learn more about Advanced Waste Services confined space Pit Cleaning visit our website or call us at 800-842-9792.

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