Part A of this article discussed the importance of LOTO procedures and LOTO procedures defined by U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
This part of the article will discuss how employers should implement LOTO procedures.
Machines and heavy equipment often have energy isolating devices that can be locked out so the machines cannot start while someone is servicing it. However, if the machine has an energy isolating device that cannot be locked out, then it must be tagged.
A prominent tag, such as a red tag or a tag with the words "danger, do not operate" should be tagged on energy activating devices. If any of the tags are removed, then the operator should not be servicing or maintaining the machine.
It is imperative that employees are trained by the employers on LOTO procedures. Employees need to check the machines and equipment to make sure all energy sources have been disconnected or turned off before performing maintenance work.
Therefore, employees need to know what they are checking. They need to know where the energy isolating devices are, where the tags should be, and what the tags look like.
If you or a loved one was injured by an industrial machine due to improper or lack of lockout/tagout procedures, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced industrial machinery accident lawyer.
Your injuries are likely serious, and you should not have to suffer because of someone else's mistake. Call our industrial machinery accident lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to discuss your legal rights.