OSHA requires that equipment be guarded or locked out to prevent injuries. Lockout is used to isolate energy sources so that equipment cannot and does not start up. A recent article in OSHA’s bi-weekly newsletter reinforces why this is so important.
Tyson Foods cited for safety violations after worker’s hand severed by unguarded machine at Kansas facility
OSHA has cited Tyson Foods Inc. for four safety violations after a worker’s hand was severed by an unguarded conveyor belt at the Hutchinson, Kan., prepared foods manufacturing plant. OSHA’s investigation revealed that several untrained workers had been cleaning unguarded conveyor equipment that had not been locked out. Proposed fines total $147,000.
“Removing guards and failing to train workers in proper lockout procedures is inexcusable,” said Judy Freeman, OSHA’s area director in Wichita. “Tyson Foods failed to ensure safety procedures, demonstrating a lack of commitment to workplace safety and health and resulting in a tragic injury.”
Included in the citations to the employer was a willful violation for failing to lockout equipment before having workers conduct maintenance and failing to train workers on lockout/tagout procedures. Read the news release for a list of citations and more information.
CHESS can help develop specific procedures for equipment. Procedures must include the energy type, location and how to lock it out, and how to verify the equipment is locked out.