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According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFO) program, fatal injuries in confined spaces average 92 fatalities per year. That’s almost two per week. According to OSHA, over 4.8 million confined space entries are made every year in the United States, and over 11,000 injuries occur.


The causes of most confined space entry injuries are simple; employers and workers do not recognize the hazards associated with confined spaces. Often a confined space will not appear hazardous. However this can change in seconds leading to the incapacitation or death of not only the workers but also their untrained rescuers. In response to these hazardous conditions, OSHA adopted a standard for general industry (Confined Space Standard 29 CFR 1910.146) in January 1993. Certain spaces are now deemed “permit- required” confined spaces, which means requires a trained rescue crew be present.

The problem? Given the cost, training requirements, risks, and specialized equipment necessary, it’s been an ongoing challenge for employers to maintain an on site employee based rescue team. In a real emergency employers defer to their local fire departments to meet their emergency response requirements. Unfortunately, most first responding firefighters are not trained or equipped to make a confined space rescue, especially when hazardous atmospheres are present.

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Mid-State Diversified Safety
is a safety consulting business that provides stand-by confined space rescue services.

We have the qualified people and procedures to ensure the safety of your staff during a

confined space entry. Our knowledge of safety services along with our credentialed

confined space rescue training adds to the manpower needed in case of an emergency.

  In any hazardous situation prevention is the first course of action. Our crew will pre-inspect the confined space prior to the entry. This inspection ensures that all permits are completed and filed to confirm that the work space is safe for entry. Once entry has been made, we monitor the environment and control any identifiable hazards. If at any time during the project environmental conditions become unsuitable an emergency evacuation or rescue will be performed. Our crew remains on site until your employees have completed their task and exited the confined space. In the unfortunate event of an emergency, our trained personnel will enter the confined space, stabilize, package, and remove all injured workers.

   All Mid-state Diversified Safety crew members exceed the required OSHA requirements

for a rescue team. Our technicians are all highly skilled firefighters that deal with emergency

situations on a daily basis. All rescue team members are certified in confined space rescue,

have EMT training, possess basic knowledge of Hazmat recognition, and are CPR certified.