Recently IN-OSHA issued citations to the nations largest grocery store chain when management at one of their retail outlets removed a contractor's LOTO lock without following their own (or the contractor's lock removal procedures).  We can get some idea as to what happened based on the citations, but bottom line... BEFORE cutting off a LOTO lock, procedures have to be followed!  It appears to be a shift change matter as well, as one manager signed off on the contractor to use their lock(s) and another manager gave the OK to cut off the contractor's lock.

Safety Order 01 Item 001

Type of Violation: Serious; $3,500

29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7)(i)(B): Affected employees were not instructed in the purpose and use of the energy control procedure:

Unloading dock doors, warehouse, North/Center: Employee not instructed on proper procedures to remove a lock out device applied by outside personnel.

 

Safety Order 01 Item 002

Type of Violation: Serious; $3,500

29 CFR 1910.147(f)(2)(ii): The onsite employer did not ensure that his or her personnel understood and complied with restrictions and prohibitions of the outside employer's energy control procedures:

Unloading dock doors, warehouse, North/Center: Employee cut off lock out device put on by outside employer without following proper procedures.

 

Safety Order 01 Item 003

Type of Violation: Serious; $5,000

29 CFR 1910.147(f)(4): During shift or personnel changes, specific procedures were not utilized to ensure the continuity of lockout or tagout protection, including provision for the orderly transfer of lockout or tagout devices between off-going and oncoming personnel

Unloading dock doors, warehouse, North/Center: Manager that signed off on lock out device from outside personnel did not follow procedures to ensure the integrity of the lock out device remained in tact from other management and personnel.

 

Safety Order 01 Item 004

Type of Violation: Serious; $5,000

29 CFR 1910.147(e)(3): Each lockout or tagout device was not removed from each energy isolating device by the employee who applied the device:

Unloading dock doors, warehouse, North/Center: Employee cut a lock out device off without making reasonable efforts to contact the outside personnel or fill out the proper paperwork as stated in company policy.

 

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