Lockout/Tagout is a process to control energy hazards for preventing accidental start-up or release of stored energy during set-up, maintenance and servicing of equipment. OSHA outlines this safety method in standard 29 CFR 1910.147 (“Control of Hazardous Energy”). Lockout/Tagout is a widely accepted practice for companies in the United States. OSHA advises US companies, “Workers servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may 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….Craft workers, electricians, machine operators, and laborers are among the 3 million workers who service equipment routinely and face the greatest risk of injury. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.” Here are 3 examples of accidents due to a lack of Lockout/Tagout practices:
It can be surprising how many control panels, motor control centers and power distribution terminal blocks are wired incorrectly and in violation of UL508A.
Typically, electricians choose to work with flex stranded conductor cable because it is easier to route, bend and pull into place when power connections are needed than rigid conductor cable Continue reading
I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself; I am Chad Reynolds, and I have almost 20 years’ experience in various global Marketing and Product Management positions serving the Industrial and Commercial markets.
This blog will be geared towards what is currently going on in the industry and how it impacts you and your business. Market Solutions topics will range across four specific areas: Construction (both industrial and commercial), MRO, OEM, and Energy (oil & gas, wind and solar). From time to time I will invite guest bloggers to provide their expertise on specific topics. I will also encourage you the reader to offer suggestions on themes you are interested in as well as provide your feedback and insight on specific blog posts.
I welcome you back on Dec. 5, as I am inviting Jeff Mehrer Director of Global Construction to talk to us about the 2014 Construction Outlook and What That Means to You. Continue reading