Safe and secure entry into a Quicklime Silo Safe and secure entry into a Quicklime Silo

Safe and secure entry into a Quicklime Silo

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15 February 2016

As confined space specialists CSC Services undertook a job to remove and replace air pad parts at the base of a lime silo at Glengap Water Treatment Works.

Supported by Mines Rescue Service, CSC Services used an A-frame, hoist and bosuns chair arrangement to enter the confined space.  One of the outlet valves to the silo was removed to improve ventilation with access to the silo through the top of the structure.

The Hydrated and Quicklime in the silo posed a serious health risk. Following careful planning to produce a safe system of work and wearing the appropriate respiratory device and approved PPE CSC Services operatives were able to remove and replace the filters.

All CSC Services operatives hold City & Guilds confined space certificates and are able to work in confined spaces on a range of structures including service reservoirs, industrial plants, culverts, shafts and vessels.

Entry into Quicklime Silo
Image shows access to the Silo

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Image shows the base of the Silo