Despite the significant amount that has been published about the dangers of confined space entry, recent evidence in the news suggests that people still do not fully understand the risks or take appropriate precautions. In the news this week, Dorset farm owner has been fined for serious safety failings after one of his workers died following exposure to toxic gases escaping from a tank during tank maintenance.
In gas detection terms, pellistors have been the primary technology for detecting flammable gases since the 60s. In most circumstances, with correct maintenance, pellistors are a reliable, cost-effective means of monitoring for combustible levels of flammable gases. However, there circumstances under which this technology may not be the best choice, and infrared (IR) technology should be considered instead.
Gas detection is required under many different circumstances, and this has been highlighted to us recently in a couple of unusual examples. Crowcon Gas-Pro has twice appeared on television in recent days, and in both cases, being used to ensure the safety of the presenters and camera crew. However, two very different stories were being told.