Fatalities and injuries from machines are a high risk in many jobs. They may occur during service and maintenance tasks when workers face exposure to uncontrolled releases of energy after initiating a machine.
During the past few decades, fatalities and injuries have been closely analyzed in workplaces with dangerous machinery. In many cases, failure to lock out and tag out machinery or isolation areas was a contributing factor.
It's extremely important to lock out and tag out machinery that must be de-energized. If machines aren't properly tagged or locked, workers can be caught in them. Fractures, amputations, crushing injuries and death can be the results.
It's essential for employees to know the procedures, understand the importance of them and understand the possible consequences of failing to comply. Lock out and tag out procedures should be implemented in the following conditions:
The responsibility of preventing machine-related injuries in the workplace falls on the employer. To keep employees safe and minimize the risk of injuries, it's important to take the following steps to comply with OSHA:
It's important for all workers to comply with hazardous energy control procedures outlined by an employer. Instruct employees that if there are any issues, to bring them to the employer's attention immediately. It is crucial to do so for issues relating to safety.
In addition, employees should be required to complete all training offered by the company. Here are some other instructions for employees before working with, or performing, maintenance on a machine:
It's best for manufacturers to consider equipment designs that require less disconnection points. In addition to this, it's beneficial to design equipment that has disconnection points that are easy to access. The equipment's overall purpose should work in accordance to promote safe lock out and tag out procedures. Equipment should also be designed with optimal safety features for repair or maintenance work.
Before implementing a plan, be sure to understand OSHA regulations. Failure to comply with OSHA standards comes with serious consequences. Workers and employers should also be properly insured against potential hazards. To get answers for any questions about hazardous workplaces, contact an insurance agent.
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