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Safety Module #4: Lockout/Tagout

Publication date: 
December 2015
Author(s): 
Tom Barnes, Compliance Specialists, Inc.
Type of media: 
Safety Module Program

Approximately three million workers in the United States on a daily basis, face extreme risk from uncontrolled energy when servicing machinery.  Serious injury or death can be the result. Typical non-lethal injuries include fractures, lacerations, contusions, amputations, puncture wounds, electric shock, and falls. The average lost time for injuries runs approximately 24 days. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that approximately 120 fatalities and approximately 28,000 serious and 32,000 minor injuries each could be prevented if proper lockout/tagout procedures at job sites are initiated. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employer. The OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy Sources Standard establishes uniform requirements to ensure that the hazards of uncontrolled energy in U.S. workplaces are evaluated, safety procedures implemented, and that the proper hazard information is transmitted to all affected workers.

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Topic(s): 
Safety
Service center equipment
Testing