If you work in manholes, you will already know how dangerous these confined spaces can be. With a high risk of accidents, as well as other health and safety issues such as contamination and toxic fumes, you need to make sure you are fully informed about the latest safety procedures.

Read on to find out everything there is to know about staying safe in a manhole, with top tips for both workers and management from our team at Cobro Concrete.

Manhole Safety Guide

There are several steps that you need to take if you want to keep both your team and members of the general public safe. With over 70 years of experience in the construction and manufacturing industry, there isn’t much that we don’t know about staying safe on-site.

Discover all our top safety tips below!

Tip 1: Purchase PPE

Personal protective equipment is a must. Make sure that your workers all have access to protective clothing and accessories such as hard hats and goggles.

If you are working with contaminants, then hazmat suits are a good choice, providing the utmost protection against hazardous substances. Workers should not touch their noses, eyes, mouths, or any open wounds, and there should be designated areas away for eating and drinking.

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Tip 2: Post Warning Signs

You must make sure that you post clear warning signs to protect both your workers and any passers-by. If working in an open manhole, you should also use fencing or barriers to prevent members of the public from getting too close and falling in. You should also make sure that you have at least one worker standing outside in case of an emergency. It may seem unnecessary to your staff to do this, but actually, for safety purposes, it is a critical role.

Tip 3: Organize Training

Before anyone is sent to the site they will be working on, you must make sure that they have first undergone any necessary training. Although it may not be possible to train everyone fully before carrying out a job, you need to ensure that you have at least one person who is responsible for implementing safety precautions on the site. They can observe and help in other ways until their training is up to standard.

Tip 4: Invest In The Right Equipment

As mentioned briefly above, manholes are dangerous places to work, so you must make sure your workers have access to the right equipment. For example, manhole lifting keys can be used to safely lift up the covers. Do not be tempted to try and cut costs with construction equipment, as this can put your entire team at risk. Always have a first aid kit on hand in case of an accident or injury. It is better to be overprepared for every situation, including accidents, to ensure your staff can be cared for if needed before professional help arrives.

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