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Follow Proper Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Follow Proper Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Two contract workers started the process of performing annual preventative maintenance (PM) on a diesel generator.  As the two workers were performing the PM on the generator, a building operator inquired if the workers had gone through the proper Lockout/Tagout process for the generator.  Both of the workers stated they had seen that the generator was locked out, but they did not review the lockout process with the appropriate people.  After discussing this issue with the workers, it was verified that the generator was properly locked out, and could not have started accidentally.  It was also found that a Safe Work Permit was not issued for the job.

Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

  • Always ensure employees are properly trained.
  • Always ensure proper permits have been initiated before work starts
  • Follow proper procedures found in your company’s Lockout/Tagout Manual.
  • Never assume the equipment is properly locked out.
Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.
Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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THINK about the hazards associated with YOUR particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on YOUR job.


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