Do you work in an industry that requires certain safety procedures? Craft workers, electricians, machine operators, and laborers are among the three million workers who service equipment routinely and face the greatest risk of injury. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.
There is a way that some of these injuries and fatalities can be prevented. Lock Out/Tag Out. Lock Out/Tag Out is a safety procedure to help ensure machines and equipment are properly shut off and kept from starting up again prior to the completion of any maintenance or service work. By following proper Lockout / Tagout procedures an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year are prevented. Proper lockout/tagout measures help alert your employees that certain pieces of equipment have been temporarily disabled and can avoid serious injuries.
Improper LOTO measures rank in the top 10 of workplace violations. According to OSHA , from October 2016 through September 2017, the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) regulation was cited 3,032 times during 1,750 inspections and the penalty amount assessed for these citations as of June, 2018 was more than $15.5 million.
There are many different products that can help you stay up to date on your LOTO standards in your workplace. You also can have a LOTO professional come to your workplace with their expert guidance and industry-leading experience to help you meet your safety goals.
By adding LOTO to your workplace you will save lives, cut costs, and improve your workplace productivity. Masterlocks has the safety products, services, and resources to help you prevent the accidental startup of your machinery and keep your lockout/tagout program in OSHA compliance.