Since the start of the age of industry humanity has made huge strides in the world of manufacturing. Never before had we reached these high levels of production. In the past the highest levels of industry would have been seen with the Romans or the armies of the middle ages, but the 18th and 19th century proved that industry could be used progressively.
Of course we weren’t alone in this endeavor. With the industrial age came the great machines, capable of handling production on a scale that had never been seen before. Early industry was far from perfect though, these machines were in their infancy and were extremely dangerous. Modern safety procedures didn’t exist and many workers would be injured and even killed while on the job. Thankfully we’ve come to better understand the powerful equipment under our command and have developed safety procedures, one being the locking and tagging out of equipment.
As time’s passed we’ve become more responsible with work equipment, but the equipment itself has also evolved, putting out various forms of hazardous energies such as electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, chemical and thermal all on top of the machines themselves. In the wake of the advancements, OSHA has released a series of lockout/tagout (LOTO) practices that make it obvious that the machinery in question is on lock down. Proper training of the lockout tagout procedures will safeguard workers from the release of hazardous energy, saving lives and jobs in the process.
Our means of industry will only grow into bigger and more complicated beasts, sending manufacturing plants around the world. As pioneers of the industrial age and of modern safety practices, we owe it to all the workers of the world to develop and follow the lockout tagout practices put forth by OSHA, for the sake of safety and human advancement here on Earth and beyond.
Read up on OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout Factsheet: OSHA Fact Sheet
And check out some great Lockout/Tagout items ahead: Lockout Tagout (LOTO) Safety Series