Any employer that has employees that service or maintain equipment or machinery with hazardous energy must have a written and documented Lockout Tagout program for those potentially exposed employees to follow. The lockout/tagout standard established the employer’s responsibility to protect employees from hazardous energy sources on machines and equipment during service and maintenance.
Whenever a piece of machinery or electrical equipment is either being worked on, moved, or is not in service; we must always lock out the power source, tag the machinery or equipment with a Do Not Use Tag, and always test to ensure all the energy has been drained from the equipment.
Even if you don’t operate the machinery, you could get caught in it and injured if it isn’t properly disconnected. Here are some things you can do to prevent accidental injury from moving machinery:
Failure to lock out or tag power sources on equipment can result in electrocutions, amputations and other serious-sometimes fatal accidents.
ALWAYS LOCK, TAG & TRY!