September 2017 Vol. 72 No. 9


Doheny Takes Confined Space Training On The Road

The Jack Doheny Companies, a major supplier of sewer cleaning and pipeline inspection and maintenance equipment, is bringing essential permit required, confined space training to job sites with a mobile “classroom.”

OSHA requires that all employees who work in confined spaces must be properly trained and certified, said Mike Renner, Doheny director the Doheny Technical Institute.

“Our confined space mobile training classroom contains all of the equipment needed for confined space entry, along with a confined space entry simulator,” he said. “Training meets requirements of OSHA 29CFR1910.146 Permit Required Confined Space, and participants receive certificates acknowledging completion of the course.”

Longtime certified trainer Ed Fitzgerald conducts the confined space sessions.

Busy schedule

In the past 24 months, 87 mobile training sessions have been completed.

“Representatives of municipalities, utility companies, contractors and engineering firms have taken advantage of mobile confined space training,” Renner said. “Typically, there are 15 to 20 people in each eight-hour class.

Renner said he knows of no other confined space training vehicle in operation, and believes the mobile training concept offers several advantages.

“Conventional training is done from a classroom situation,” he explained, “and that provides the knowledge needed to understand confined space. The truck allows us to take the knowledge learned in the classroom and apply it in a simulated real-world application. This allows participants to experience putting on a harness, being attached to a tripod, and actually being lowered into a simulated confined space, all while following the proper OSHA rules and procedures.”

Course topics include: OSHA 29 CFR1910 Explained, Hazardous Atmospheres, Flammable Atmospheres, Toxic Atmospheres, How to Take Air Samples, Types of Hazards, Personal Protective Equipment, Permit Building, Why Accidents Happen, Oxygen Awareness, Monitor Selection, Proper Ventilation Protocols, Entrant/Attendant/Entry/Supervisor Responsibilities, Reclassifications of Permit to Non-Permit, and Non-Entry Rescue and Equipment Rescue.

A full schedule of upcoming classes is posted on the company’s website:

Special Appearance

The Doheny confined space training truck will be stationed within the RehabZone at the 2018 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) in New Orleans, LA, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1. The truck will be fully operational and attendees will have the opportunity to actually use all of its features, including being strapped into a harness and lowered into a simulated manhole. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions about the truck, OSHA requirements and other safety aspects of underground infrastructure operations.

“We think it is fantastic to have this vehicle as part of the ’Zone,” said Andy Rothenberg, president of Primeline Products Inc. and completing his second year as chairperson of the RehabZone. “With all the accidents that occur – especially recently – and risks that are present every day on a job site, we felt that it was very important and appropriate to further emphasize safety within the RehabZone,”

The RehabZone is a neutral area within UCT dedicated to providing generic exhibits, demonstrations and training for the sewer and water infrastructure industries. This “no-sell” zone, co-sponsored by NASSCO and Underground Construction magazine, is funded and also sponsored by participating industry companies.

Information about the RehabZone is available on the website ( and by contacting Heather Myers at NASSCO ( or (410) 442-7473.
Headquartered in Northville, MI, the Jack Doheny Companies has been selling and renting new, used and remanufactured vacuum trucks, sewer cleaning equipment and pipeline inspection systems for more than 50 years. With 16 branch locations, Doheny serves customers throughout North America.

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