According to OSHA, approximately three million workers who service equipment face potential injury if lockout/tagout (LOTO) is not properly implemented. Complying with the LOTO standard could help prevent an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.
The Potential Risks of Operating Machinery
Workers injured on the job from machinery that is not shut off properly lose an average of 24 work days for recuperation. This can result in lost productivity, medical costs, and other large expenses. A simple solution to reduce and avoid these costly and potentially devastating accidents is to implement a lockout/tagout program. This initiative can ensure that your workers stay safe when operating machinery.
OSHA’s standard for the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.147, addresses how to properly disable machines or equipment. This will help prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees are servicing or maintaining machinery. The standard also outlines measures for controlling hazardous energies, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, and other sources.
True or False: Is shutting off your machinery enough?
False. Don’t assume that unplugging or disconnecting equipment will always keep your workers safe. You will also need proper procedures, devices and personnel to help avoid serious injuries – or worse. The following whitepaper from Panduit is a seven-step program that serves as a guideline to building and implementing an effective LOTO program.
Additional information is available on OSHA’s website or through your local safety equipment or industrial solutions provider.