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06/21/2013

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Nancy Pearce

Agree with both comments. There should be no excuse for entering a brewery tank without a permit. And confined space entry requires 100% diligence. Workers cannot take ANY shortcuts or assume that a confined space is safe.

Since we do not have details, we cannot speculate as to why the workers may have entered without taking precautions. We do not know if they were properly trained. perhaps they tested the atmosphere prior to entry but then used a gas powered washer? Perhaps this was a contractor who was unaware of the confined space hazard? Maybe the Modelo employees who went in to rescue were never made aware of the confined space hazard since the company may have only had contract employees entering the tank? There are so many possibilities for what may have happened. I am hoping we obtain more details at some point. If anyone has further information, please let us know.

Justin Lane

I work in a brewery, anyone entering a tank would require a confined space permit, personal atmosphere tester, training in BA rescue equipment(with BA gear nearby), one person stationed outside the tank to monitor. Tanks are caustic cleaned(negates c02) and air purged then isolated prior to entry. Note air purging a horizontal tank without caustic cleaning is ineffective, due to c02 pockets.

Alex Foster

I work in the Confined Space Rescue field, the general lack of care given by workers is astounding. I'm not saying it's all the workers fault, but workers need to be trained to recognize hazards. They need to be trained on proper detection methods, and have a rescue crew available and set up. Too many people think that it can't happen to them. In reality, it only takes a few minutes to a few seconds for a normal day to turn into an emergency situation. If those contractors had've had a rescue team on site and set up, this story would have ended much differently. Hopefully companies are beginning to realize that confined spaces require more strict procedures. And that properly trained personnel can, and will save lives.

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