Aunt Ida’s Recipes for Disaster – 6

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Welcome back folks for another exciting recipe from our 5 STAR Chef de Catastrophe, Aunt Ida. She knows those busy people like you, especially this time of year don’t have the hours to cook a meal so she created this one-pot dish exclusively for you.  Since it’s Aunt Ida, you know it’s gotta be a good disaster.

OUR FEATURED RECIPE   Confined Space One Pot – Nothing helps save more cooking time and reduces cleanup like a delicious and noxious, one pot confined space dish.

Prep Time –  This is a quick dish taking only minutes to prep when you are NOT conducting an atmosphere test before entry, NOT using a retrieval system for quick extraction or NOT employing a spotter to keep constant eye and voice contact with the confined space entrant.
Cook Time Done in 5 minutes or less depending on the concentration of the noxious vapors still in the confined space, and remember ill effects may show up on people differently depending on their physical makeup. However, there is one instant quick-fire technique that we don’t recommend for the beginner chef.  It involves using a torch or other ignition source in a confined space to see if it had previously contained a flammable liquid!
YIELD Can be as little as 1,  if you allow someone to climb into a confined space on their own without testing but may yield as high as 3 or 4, especially when the second one tries to save the first one and the third one tries to save the first two and so on.  We refer to it as the hero domino effect.  It begins when you decided to climb into a confined space and didn’t clear it first, then pass out from lack of oxygen or overcome by fumes you and the others who tried to rescue you could stew in there for days before anyone comes upon your bodies.  
 
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Confined space entry is serious business.  You should always be aware of what’s been in that bin, vat or tank before you get into it to weld a repair, replace a valve or dislodge a clog.  It dictates the PPE (respirator or hazmat suit) and other equipment you’ll need to safely do the job.  You should also be given a vest as part of the emergency retrieval system so you can be pulled out immediately if any trouble comes.  This avoids others having to enter the space and risk the same hazards to extract you.  Never let anyone tell you that confined space is a one person job.  You always need to have a spotter (attendant) outside the confined space that you communicate with and has eyes on you every minute.  The spotter never leaves you alone, not to take a break or have a quick smoke or to use the restroom. They stay with you while you’re inside!  
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If you still don’t believe that confined space entry can be a dangerous recipe and in this case, it only took the fumes of old olive oil to cause two deaths. read this story:  In Greece, Olive Oil Factory Owner And Worker Die In Vat Mishap.  When we see someone down, our first instinct is to get to them immediately to render aid.  However, when it comes to confined space this can be a very costly move.  Even if you’re aware there are fumes present and you take a deep breath before jumping in, the exertion of getting to that person, picking up a limp body and trying to climb out will empty the oxygen in your lungs quickly and before you know it two corpses will be found.  Keep your head in emergencies, use the proper equipment and you may have a chance to save that life, but if you follow proper procedure to begin with you won’t have to worry.
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