The safety risks associated with working in confined spaces remain high, in fact, the number of incidents is steady or increasing across a wide range of sectors and geographies. Current solutions rely heavily on human checks, paper-based systems and time-consuming administrative checks, and are therefore highly susceptible to fallibility and error. Loss of lives or injuries to workers in confined spaces is often down to poor planning, or the absence of controlled safety measures. Mandatory measures such as a thorough risk-assessment, control of entry, gas testing, change monitoring and emergency response are often inadequate. Control measures for people required to enter confined spaces operate independently and are primitive in their effectiveness, often involving paper-based systems and administrative checks.
This challenge, set in conjunction with one of the world’s largest port network operators, Hutchison Ports, seeks innovative startup technologies to reduce incidents and fatalities of workers working in confined spaces. Hutchison seeks dynamic technologies to solve this challenge, whether it’s remote inspection technologies that can remove the need for a person to enter a confined space, or novel gas sensing technology, that can effectively monitor changes in the confined space environment, specifically crane legs.