Lockout/tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) was the fifth most frequently cited OSHA violation during the period October 2014 to September 2015. There were 3,350 citations reported across all industries during that time with $9,686,894 in penalties.
Defining alternative approaches: Alternative approaches to lockout are protective measures created when it is not feasible to lockout because of the need for energy sources to be present in order to accomplish assigned work.
An OSHA violation is a serious matter. Many of them can result in injury or death. Some violations are obvious and easy to spot while others require training and a comprehensive understanding of the requirements in order to detect them.
Cal/OSHA has cited Vitco Meats and temporary employment agency Volt Workforce Solutions a combined $74,500 following a nearly fatal accident at a San Luis Obispo meat processing plant that left a worker with a crushed right hand, a broken arm, and nerve damage.
AutomationDirect offers Edison’s modular knifeblade fuse blocks for Class J and Class R fuses to simplify design and enhance safety. Optional high-clarity, see-through, IP20 finger-safe covers, with or without indication, have a built-in lockout/tagout feature which improves safety by preventing unauthorized fuse insertion or removal.
Newly redesigned STOPOUT®-Branded Aluma-Tag™ Hasp Name plates add a personal touch to your facility. Accuform’s newly re-designed STOPOUT®-branded Aluma-Tag™ Hasps provide an ideal solution for keeping multiple workers safe when working on locked-out equipment.
Examine how you control hazardous energy in your facility. Do you have a specific set of personnel who are exclusively authorized to lockout equipment? Have you identified every source of hazardous energy and posted appropriate signage to alert staff of its location?
One of 1,000+ injuries in 3 1/2 years at one worksite
August 2, 2015
A 56-year-old employee of furniture manufacturer Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. had his right ring finger amputated because the company has continued to ignore safety requirements to protect workers from moving machine parts. The company also failed to report the injury to OSHA, as required.