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| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Photographs are a learning tool of how accidents can be prevented. Every year, The Amputee Coalition of America estimates that the amputee population will more than double by the year 2050 to 3.6 million. Many accidents that result in an amputation can be prevented. Thank you to Patrick Stark, CHST, PCC, PCG our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for December.

Hazards:

  • In a shop area, an employee performed preventative maintenance on this portable air compressors while it was running

Consequences:

  • Severe Amputation Injury

Corrective Action:

  • Employer needs to ensure all personnel are trained on Lockout/tag (LOTO) out procedures per OSHA’s 1910.147 Standard.
  • Those personnel who perform the service / maintenance of equipment that is covered by LOTO are considered Authorized Employees, and these personnel need specialized training related to the equipment / machines being serviced or maintained. 1910.147(c)(7)(i)[A]
  • In most cases, equipment / machines that are covered by the OSHA LOTO standard need to have specific, and documented Energy Control Procedures. 1910.147(c)(4)(i)
  • The employer needs to establish a LOTO program that meets the OSHA standards. This program should be in writing. 1910.147(c)(1)
  • The employer needs to assess / evaluate this overall LOTO program at least annually to ensure all elements are being carried out efficiently and effectively. This assessment / audit needs to be documented. Note: This assessment / evaluation of the LOTO program is in addition to the OSHA required annual (periodic) inspection of the Energy Control Procedure(s). 1910.147(c)(6)

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