Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Importance of proper Lockout / Tagout Procedures and Practices

It is unclear what this man is doing in the hopper of this wood chipper. Is he inspecting or repairing the chipping mechanism, clearing a blockage, or just having a nap? Whatever he’s doing, we hope he has an approprate lockout / tagout system in place before he crawled into the hopper.

Obviously, the injuries that could occur if the chipper started-up are horrific. Always remember that powered equipment should be de-energised, and locked and tagged out before you attempt to clear blockages, inspect or service the moving parts.