Why It’s Critical to Get Lockout/Tagout Right

A lockout/tagout on a pipe

In December 2022, a 29-year-old worker at a Hostess Brands LLC facility in Chicago suffered the amputation of a fingertip while reassembling a pump. This preventable injury occurred because the company failed to enforce proper Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures, allowing the equipment to start unexpectedly during maintenance. Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors cited the company for multiple violations, resulting in proposed penalties of $298,010. You do not want this to happen to your company or your employees.

Mandated by law in various countries, LOTO ensures that equipment is properly shut down and incapable of being restarted before the completion of servicing or maintenance activities that could endanger workers, such as unjamming equipment, changing a machine setting, quality checks or machine changeovers. OSHA’s standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (29 CFR 1910.147) outlines essential measures for controlling different types of hazardous energy, … Read more...