Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorSelman, J.
dc.contributor.authorSpickett, Jeffery
dc.contributor.authorJansz, J.
dc.contributor.authorMullins, B.
dc.identifier.citationSelman, J. and Spickett, J. and Jansz, J. and Mullins, B. 2018. An investigation into the rate and mechanism of incident of work-related confined space fatalities. Safety Science. 109: pp. 333-343.

Confined spaces are defined by a particular set of hazards which include oxygen deficiency, toxic airborne contaminants, flammable atmospheres, the risk of engulfment in free-flowing solids and liquids, and physical hazards such as working at heights, electricity, and moving parts and machinery. This study conducted an analysis of work-related traumatic fatal injuries involving confined spaces and compared the rate of confined space fatalities in the working population between similar industrialised countries; the rate of confined space entrant to confined space rescuer deaths; and identified the difference in the mechanism of incident between entrant and rescuer deaths. The confined space fatality rate can be estimated to vary between 0.05 and 0.08 deaths per 100,000 workers, of which no more than 17% were found to be those undertaking rescue; with most of these deaths the result of hurried and ad hoc rescue attempts. While the major causes of death among entrants were toxic atmospheric hazards and physical hazards; confined space rescuer deaths were overwhelmingly as a result of toxic atmospheres. It is likely that these figures are an underestimate of all confined space fatalities, as government WHS authorities rarely identify such incidents as having occurred in a confined space. The inclusion of engulfment and other physical hazards of confined space work in safety legislation, and the separate identification of confined space incidents will permit better analysis and recommendations for confined space work safety improvements.

dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.titleAn investigation into the rate and mechanism of incident of work-related confined space fatalities
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleSafety Science
curtin.departmentSchool of Public Health
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record