If lockout tagout is not properly implemented, approximately 3 million workers face risk of injury according to OSHA. OSHA has a specific lockout tagout standard 29 CFR 1910.147. OSHA estimates that compliance with the standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.
In simple terms, lockout/tagout safeguards employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Lockout is preferred over tagout. OSHA has a lockout/tagout fact sheet (available in Spanish) and a more detailed lockout/tagout publication available for download. OSHA even has an interactive lockout tagout interactive training program.
Imagine a coworker starting a meat grinder, wood chipper, or large mixer while you or one of your body parts are in it. Unfortunately, it happens. Search the internet and the OSHA Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation Summaries and you will quickly learn why lockout/tagout is so incredibly important.
OSHA issues citations for failing to develop and implement lockout/tagout programs and failing to provide training for employees on the use of lockout/tagout devices, but many times it is too late. Do not wait for OSHA to issue a citation. Implement a lockout tagout program, train your employees and make sure they comply with the program. The failure to do so can be catastrophic.
Whatever your application, there are several lockout devices, tags and padlocks available for purchase.
If you are a worker that believes your employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards, employees can file a complaint online with OSHA or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
We have experience with industrial or construction accidents involving lockout tagout (or the failure to lockout tagout), and if you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one and need a Texas accident attorney, please do not hesitate to give East Texas Attorney, Chris Jones, Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, a call at 903-236-4990 for a free initial consultation or send us a message at Contact Us.