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What is a 'permit space'? part 3

We are circling back to finish our discussion of safety rules for confined spaces. As we said in our Oct. 10 post, confined spaces are inherently dangerous, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns employers to take the appropriate safeguards for their workers. A permit-required space, however, is one that poses a greater risk to the worker, a serious risk of entrapment or incapacitation, injury or death. If a worker cannot leave the space quickly in an emergency, that is a permit space.

Is workers’ compensation the “exclusive remedy” for an injured Illinois worker? P.1

When a worker is injured on the job, the ability to obtain accommodation and adequate compensation is one of the biggest concerns. The workers’ compensation system, as readers probably know, is a no-fault system which is built upon a fundamental compromise between workers and employers. Workers, in exchange for the right to sue their employers for on-the-job injuries, obtain the right to a more efficient and predictable process for obtaining compensation.

What is a 'permit space'? part 2

We are talking about the safety issues that come with working in a confined space. In August, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration released a final rule addressing confined spaces. The agency has also issued a guide to help employers implement the new regulation. As we said in our last post, employees whose jobs involve a confined space should review the guide as well.

What is a 'permit space'?

Those of us who feel a little anxious in a crowded elevator generally have one of two reactions to people whose jobs put them in tight spaces: Those workers are either very brave or just downright crazy. We know that we are statistically safe from, say, running out of air before we reach the 10th floor, but we are still anxious. We can't even imagine having to face this kind of hazard on a daily basis.

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