STOPOUT® Electrical Injuries with these Safety Tips

Electrical devices, although used throughout every industry, still create serious workplace hazards.

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Industries ranging from engineers, electricians, construction workers all the way to office workers and sales, are working with electricity whether directly or indirectly and are exposed to electrical hazards.

But the most hazardous place for electrical industries nonetheless is the construction industry. Nearly 252,000 construction sites across the nation with nearly 6.5 million people that work on them, potential electrical hazards are plentiful. 

Many workers are unaware of the possible electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electrocution. According to 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) "The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury." 

Before repairs, servicing, maintaince, or set-up of machines or equipment - you've got to prevent the unexpected - the accidental start-up of hazardous energy. By controlling the hazardous energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment you can prevent these serious injuries - even death.

OSHA standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions. They estimate that failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.

Proper lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices and procedures safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases.

Most electrical accidents result from one of the following 3 factors:

  1. Unsafe equipment or installation
  2. Unsafe environment
  3. Unsafe work practices

Sure, a variety of possible solutions may be implemented to reduce or eliminate the risk of electrical injuries – but not without proper devices and safeguards put in place.

Here are some of the most significant OSHA requirements for a Lockout/Tagout program: 

  • Only authorized workers may lockout or tagout machines or equipment. 
  • Lockout devices (locks) and tagout devices cannot be used for any other purposes and must be used only for controlling energy.
  • Lockout and tagout devices (locks and tags) must identify the name of the worker applying the device. • All energy sources to equipment must be identified and isolated. 
  • After the energy is isolated from the machine or equipment, the isolating device(s) must be locked out or tagged out in safe or off position only by the authorized employees. 
  • Following the application of the lockout or tagout devices to the energy isolating devices, the stored or residual energy must be safely discharged or relieved. 
  • Prior to starting work on the equipment, the authorized employee must verify that the equipment is isolated from the energy source, for example, by operating the on/off switch on the machine or equipment.
  • Locks and tags must remain on the machine until the work is completed. 
  • Only the authorized employee who placed the locks and tags may remove his/her lock or tag unless the employer has a specific procedure as outlined in OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout standard.

To continually provide innovative solutions that protect workers, we’ve created the STOPOUT® brand. The unique design of Lockout/Tagout devices allows for a fast lockout application and quick and easy removal, every time.

With a successful lockout/tagout program in place and by following the full list of tips printed on our free whitepaper found here, you can prevent electrical hazards in your workplace.

To learn more about the past, present, and future of lockout/tagout, download our whitepaper.


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