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Hazardous Energy Lockout/Tagout

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Hazardous Energy Lockout/Tagout


News Release, Bureau of labor statistics
Colin J. Brigham

Today I would like to share some information on Hazardous Energy. Failure to protect your employees from the unexpected release of energy can obviously have significant adverse consequences including fatalities. 1Source Safety and Health, Inc. can help you to properly address this exposure by helping you to develop and implement compliant energy control programs, develop equipment-specific HECP, and providing training. I've included a few articles below that you might find useful.


For more information please reach out to Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP, FAIHA at, 610.524.5525 x 24.

Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP
VP Safety Management & Ergonomics

What are the harmful effects of hazardous energy:

What are the harmful effects of hazardous energy:

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.

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What do employees need to know?

What do employees need to know?

Employees need to be trained to ensure that they know, understand, and follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures. The training must cover at least three areas: aspects of the employer’s energy control program; elements of the energy control procedure relevant to the employee’s duties or assignment; and the various requirements of the OSHA standards related to lockout/tagout.

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Hazardous Energy Lockout Tagout

Hazardous Energy Lockout Tagout

The consequences of failure to effectively lockout/tagout equipment can be catastrophic. The best example of this occurred at a forging facility in Houston, Texas on December 22, 1996. Eight workers were killed. A crew of ten maintenance workers was performing work on a 40 foot high pressurized nitrogen tank for a 35 ton forging press. They believed that the pressure had been bled from the tank prior to beginning work. When 2-inch bolts were removed from a 3-foot square lid it blew off, ripping a 40 by 50 foot hole in the factory roof. Five of the workers were blown off of the top of the tank.

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