Wow! Whilst scanning through a mag from HSME, I came across a most powerful, tragic example of why PPE is so jolly important. Would you mind if I share?
3 workers in Florida enter a 15-foot drainage tunnel with a manhole cover. They did not test the air before entering.
The 1st worker entered and lost consciousness almost instantly - overpowered by a fatal combination of carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide.
The 2nd worker quickly followed, attempting to rescue his co-worker, however he too was not wearing proper PPE and quickly fell victim to the toxic gases.
A 3rd workman entered, and the same thing happened. Again, no PPE.
Tragically all 3 workers lost their lives, because none were wearing respiratory protective equipment.
A fireman and a 4th worker soon enter in and were likewise immobilised, but narrowly escaped death when a 2nd firefighter:
slipping on his protective gear…
holding his breath just in case…
entered the tunnel and heroically saved both the 1st firefighter and the last worker to enter the space.
Yes, I am about to suggest that if you are in an environment where PPE should be in use, USE it.
I also understand that this is an extreme example and isn’t highly likely to happen to you. However, simply putting on your helmet, for example, could prevent you from ending up injured, in court or even dead!
Thanks for reading!