Recently the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its list for the Top 10 workplace violations of 2019. Many of these troubling statistics have remained unchanged for years. It’s time to make 2020 the year we finally tackle workplace safety hazards in a meaningful and lasting way.
Rates for workplace injuries and fatalities:
- 4,900 workplace fatalities each year
- 3.6 Million injuries and illnesses
- 70 Million work days lost
- 162 Billion total cost to workers and employers
The top four violations in 2019 were:
- Fall Protection
- Hazard Communication
- Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
The OSHA estimates that implementing proper Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedures prevent 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries annually, as up to 10% of all industrial safety incidents are believed to be related to failure to properly lockout equipment.
Why is LOTO Important?
LOTO is a necessary and widely neglected safety practice that helps to provide protection to employees. When workers are maintaining machines or equipment, they could be seriously injured or killed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal. Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts, and others. This is why LOTO is so crucial to ensuring employees both are and feel safety.
Six Steps of LOTO
The recommended steps are as follows and should be conducted in this order:
- Control the energy source
- Isolate the equipment
- Attach LOTO devices
- Control stored energy
- Verify that there is zero energy left.
In Simutech Multimedia, safety is considered the first step in the learning process. It’s crucial all maintenance teams learn critical electrical safety skills, such as how to work properly with electricity safely, why safety precautions are so important in daily activities and the kinds of safety issues that may arise during troubleshooting a piece of equipment. It’s why we build an entire e-learning course around reinforcing the importance of and step to lock out and tag out electrical equipment.
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