In OSHA's LOTO standard (1910.147) the agency included in their definition of an "lockoout device" a "blank flange" and "bolted slip blind", when in fact these device are actually "energy isolation devices".  So why would OSHA consider these devices a "lockout device"?

NOTE:  I am not in agreement with this and have never called a "blank flange" and "bolted slip blind" a "lockout device", but rather energy isolation devices.  This may seem like semantics, but it is HUGE in the world of energy control!

In the Final Rule, OSHA determined that lockout is a surer means of assuring deenergization of equipment than tagout, and that it is the preferred method. However, the Agency also recognized that tagout will nonetheless need to be used instead of lockout where the energy control device cannot accept a locking device. Where an energy control device has been designed to be "lockable", the standard REQUIRES that lockout be used unless tagout can be shown to provide "full employee protection," that is, protection equivalent to lockout. But what does OSHA consider to be "locakable"?

  1. BSEE Releases Investigation Report into Platform Explosion (LOTO error)

  2. Crushed by and caught-in between machinery (TN-OSHA Inspection #1041324)

  3. Caught in Auger Fatality (TN-OSHA Inspection #1040935)

  4. Did you know... almost every single energy isolation REQUIRES a WRITTEN ENERGY ISOLATION PLAN

  5. For goodness sake - LOCK IT OUT people! (Willful w/ $70K)

  6. Even in "complex energy isolations" we MUST include specific procedures to VERIFY ZERO ENERGY of EACH isolation point (OSHRC)

  7. OSHA grants permanent LOTO variance

  8. Workers hurt when pressurized fluid escapes (LOTO Incident @ Mine)2015 OSHA LOTO activity by Industry Sectors

  9. OR-OSHA publishes "Oregon OSHA’s guide to controlling hazardous energy"
  10. ZERO energy state (ZES) means ZERO energy state
  11. LOTO Accident Data from OSHA's Preamble
  12. More LOTO Adventures
  13. MIOSHA Guidance: Minor Tool Changes and Adjustments, and Other Minor Servicing Activities
  14. LOTO and Contractors
  15. Lockout is the RULE, “minor servicing” is the exception
  16. It is Lockout OR tagout... NOT BOTH
  17. LOCKOUT/TAGOUT Methods and Sample Procedures (CAL-OSHA)
  18. Why does OSHA permit the LOTO exception ONLY on electrical cord and plug equipment?
  19. OSHA's requirement for "machine specific" LOTO procedures and the "exception"
  20. LOTO fatality while cleaning (NY FACE)
  21. From a recent OSHA citation for LOTO, yes we still have problems!
  22. LOTO Fatality - Caught in conveyor system (TN-OSHA II #28 - 2010)
  23. A traditional LOTO fatality - worker started equipment on another worker (TN-OSHA #23)
  24. Clearing up a couple of LOTO myths
  25. Palletizer kills temporary worker, 21, on his FIRST DAY of work (LOTO)
  26. OSHA takes issue with EVERY Authorized Employee having a key to the lockbox
  27. Have you ever seen/heard of this LOTO practice before?
  28. LOTO Periodic Inspections and their significance
  29. LOTO Program Suggestions from a reliable source!
  30. OSHA cites manufacturing plant for exposing workers to hazardous energy sources during machine servicing
  31. LOCK IT OUT!!! WARNING - Image may be upsetting to some
  32. Is tagging a blind flange or slip blind "tagout"?
  33. De-enerizing Stored Energies
  34. Verifying the content of lockout programs
  35. Supervision in Manufacturing - Guards & Lockout (Video)
  36. Defining Exclusive Control under LOTO activities
  37. Minor Servicing Alternative Safety Measures
  38. OSHA, LOTO and the unexpected movement of trucks
  39. Proper LOTO or a serious problem? (POLL)
  40. Verifying ZES is DIFFERENT for electrical workers!
  41. My TOP 12 Life Saving LOTO Principles
  42. Group LOTO Verification of ZES Requirements
  43. Periodic Inspections
  44. LOTO Training Requirements
  45. Shift or Personnel Changes
  46. Verification of ZERO ENERGY STATE (ZES)
  47. Tagout and Full Employee Protection (e.g. Tag Plus)
  48. Can ALL your LOTO Training needs be met by On-Line Training?
  49. LOTO on Chemical Process and Piping Systems
  50. Does your LOTO program contain "enforcement" procedures?
  51. GREAT LOTO Cartoon (VIDEO)
  52. Lock out. It takes just seconds to lose a limb (VIDEO)
  53. One of my favorite LOTO videos (VIDEO)
  54. FALSE Sense of Safety...using interlocks in Lieu of LOTO!!!
  55. We have THREE Choices to Identify our Lockout Locks
  56. Tagout vs. Lockout
  57. Company argues before the OSHRC that LOTO does not apply to their die changing activities - an analysis of a OSHRC 2009 decision
  58. Cord and Plug Equipment and "Line of Sight"
  59. Tagout vs. Lockout #2
  60. 911 Call - What REAL TRAGEDY sounds like (911 audio)
  61. Grouping equipment for purposes of conducting periodic LOTO inspections     
  62. LOTO Machine Specific Procedures

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has released the panel investigation report into the November 20, 2014 explosion and fatality on a platform. The explosion occurred on West Delta Block 105 Platform E, resulting in the tragic death of Jerrel Hancock.  Mr. Hancock, a Turnkey Cleaning Services supervisor, died after an explosion occurred inside the electrostatic heater treater located on the platform while the contract cleaning crew personnel were engaged in activities related to cleaning the vessel.  The five member investigation panel identified a number of failures in the application of basic safety management practices which may have contributed to Mr. Hancock’s death. The report concludes that there were apparent inadequacies in:

A 54 year old male employee was fatality injured while cleaning the de-stacker area of the mogul machine in the gummies department when he was crushed between a tray of product, and the frame of the de-stacker mechanism of the mogul machine. The mogul machine would become obstructed during the day with falling and shifting gummy trays, and starch. The track that moved the trays would get covered with these materials and would need to be cleaned with a pneumatic air wand. The victim performed the company lockout/tagout procedure for the mogul machine, and locked out the vertical movement of the de-stacker. As the victim entered the machine for cleaning, he inadvertently struck a positional sensor inside of the track system, and advanced the candy trays into the machine. The victim was standing directly adjacent to the metal frame of the de-stacker mechanism when a stack of trays began to advance into the machine, crushing him between a tray of product and the frame of the de-stacker.

A 38 year old male was fatality injured when his arm, and upper body was pulled into an operating auger as he leaned over the catwalk railing to clean, and sanitize a poultry processing chiller tank. The victim, along with other employees, were cleaning, and sanitizing the reverse flow, cold water chillers in a poultry processing plant. The victim was told to stay on the central catwalk, and left alone to spray down the tank interior of Chiller #2 with hot water, and sanitizing solution while the auger was in operation. During the cleaning process, a nearby employee heard a noise, and saw the victim’s legs extending from beneath the guard rail positioned approximately 15 inches above the top of the tank. The emergency pull cable was activated immediately. The victim was fatality injured by blunt force trauma to the body. There were no witnesses to the actual incident, but it remains a possibility the employee moved from the central catwalk, to the outer catwalk of Chiller #2 reaching in with his arm, and body to clean the interior of the tank, and was caught by the auger blade, pulling the employee into the tank from the catwalk. This was his sixth day of employment.

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