Work in a confined space can pose a number of life-threatening hazards as a result of restricted ability for movement, higher than normal risk of fire, explosion or flood or asphyxiation resulting from being submerged under liquid or flowing dry materials. There can also be a risk of oxygen deficiency or oxygen enrichment.

It should be remembered that death and injury is a high risk for rescuers as well as those primarily involved with a confined spaces incident.

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