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By all accounts, OSHA's lockout-tagout standard is not one of those "burdensome regulations" employers complain about. OSHA inspectors say the 1988 rule mandating control of hazardous energy sources during machine maintenance is one of the most important they enforce. Here's what else they say about the rule: "It's simple." "There's nothing ambiguous about it." "There are some very good standards. Lockout-tagout is one." "It's a killer if it's not followed. Of the fatality investigations we do, quite a few are the direct result of improper ...
Three men were performing maintenance inside an asphalt mixer. One of them was still inside the mixer when the power was turned back on, starting the equipment. He was killed instantly. A cotton gin operator climbed into a jammed cleaner/separator. The toggle switch was turned off, but not locked out. Someone accidentally turned the machine on, not knowing the operator was inside. The man’s left leg was pulled through the feed rollers. Failure to lockout and tag equipment can cause devastating injury and death. Employees face electrocution, loss of digits or limbs, or severe ... Read More
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