Lockout means kinetic-energy hazards, too

by on October 7, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

A Miamisburg, OH, supervisor was killed after a heavy oil-tank door suddenly slammed shut, crushing the man’s chest. The 48-year-old man worked for Certified Heat Treating, Inc.

He was half-in a quench tank chamber, tightening a nut inside, when the door came down. Once trapped, the man was unable to breathe and died at the scene. The outer tank door should have been locked out. OSHA had recently fined the company $64,000 for 10 serious safety violations, most related to confined space and lockout hazards.

Most of us naturally think of electricity when it comes to lockout/tagout, but it’s of course about the release of any kind of hazardous energy. With a heavy door–as in this case–gravity provides the energy if a release mechanism fails. These kinds of hazards need to be identified and locked out.

Bottom line: Workers and supervisors need to know the procedures for maintenance, and that includes all permit-required confined spaces and all lockout hazards, including the kinetic hazards.

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