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Lockout for Employers and Supervisors - Crew talk - Lockout

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									                                                                                    For Employers
Lockout                                                                             and Supervisors


Supervisor impact and influence                                  Discussion topics
Your workers are your greatest assets and you play a             1. Discuss	and	ask	questions	to check your crew’s
crucial role in the ongoing safety and training of your             knowledge of lockout. Use the crew talk handout
crew. The purpose of this crew talk is to provide you,              as your discussion guide.
the supervisor, with information to help you train your
                                                                 2. Demonstrate proper lockout procedures by
workers and ensure their safety. Your role is to leave
                                                                    locking out the actual equipment.
them with a strong message regarding the critical
importance of locking out equipment and machinery on             3. Discuss how injuries can occur if equipment is not
a consistent basis by following the correct procedures.             locked out.
                                                                 4. Emphasize	that	lockout is mandatory.
How to deliver a crew talk                                       5. Cite a true story from your own experience or that
•	 Prepare	in advance by reviewing your shop’s                      of the crew (or use the Hazard Alert below).
   lockout procedures to discuss with the crew. Also,
                                                                 6. Identify machinery in your shop where a basic
   review the WorkSafeBC booklet Lockout.
                                                                    lockout procedure would not be adequate — for
•	 Gather your crew together to watch the slide show                example, machinery equipped with multiple energy
   Lockout for Woodworking.                                         sources (electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic). Ensure
                                                                    that all these sources of energy have been taken into
•	 Distribute the Lockout Crew Handout for Workers.
                                                                    account when developing your lockout procedures.
•	 Watch	the	Lockout for Woodworking slide show and
   prepare to discuss it with your crew.
                                                          Hazard alert




•	 Emphasize the importance of locking out when
                                                                         Don’t become a statistic
   required.
                                                                         An electrician was making adjustments to
•	 Explain	that lockout procedures are in place to
                                                                         the switches of a lumber-strapping machine.
   ensure everyone’s safety. Each year workers are
   seriously injured because machinery or equipment                      Without locking out the control device, he
   was not locked out — this means crushed limbs,                        placed his head and upper body into the
   severed fingers, even death.                                          machine between the platen and horizontal
                                                                         cylinder. Without warning, the platen opened
                                                                         vertically and crushed his head against the
   Read	the	following	regulations                                        cylinder. The worker’s injuries were fatal.
   For more information on safe lockout                                  How could this accident have been prevented?
   procedures, see the Occupational Health and
   Safety Regulation, Part 10: De-energization
   and Lockout. Visit WorkSafeBC.com for a
   searchable version of the OHS Regulation.




                                      Crew                           Talk
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Lockout                                                                                For Employers and Supervisors


Keep the ball rolling: Follow-up                               WorkSafeBC resources
As the owner or supervisor, it is your responsibility          Print the booklet Lockout and post a couple of copies
to develop and implement lockout procedures in                 around your shop. Ensure that each department
your workplace. Your lockout procedures must be                manager covers the booklet in more detail with their
written and should vary depending on the size and              specific crew. Visit WorkSafeBC.com for copies of
complexity of your machinery. You must effectively             Lockout and the slide show Lockout for Woodworking.
train your crew in the lockout procedures you develop,
and be vigilant in your supervision to ensure that the
procedures are followed.                                                 Lockout
After this crew talk, inform your workers that you will:
•	 Observe work activity to ensure that lockout
   procedures are being followed consistently and
   correctly.
•	 Support positive behaviours when lockout has been
   done correctly.
•	 Correct unsafe work practices when they are
   observed.
•	 Reinforce good lockout practices by presenting this                    Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C.




   crew talk periodically.

  Record of crew talk
                                                               Crew member comments and suggestions:
  Date:

  Department:

  Supervisor:

  Crew members present (print names clearly):




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                                                                                           Crew Handout
Lockout                                                                                    for Workers




                                                          Hazard alert
What is lockout?
Lockout is the use of locks to prevent machinery                         Don’t become a statistic
or equipment from being started accidentally when                        An electrician was making adjustments to
maintenance work is being done.
                                                                         the switches of a lumber-strapping machine.
                                                                         Without locking out the control device, he
Why is lockout important?                                                placed his head and upper body into the
Every year, workers are seriously injured because                        machine between the platen and horizontal
machinery or equipment was not properly locked out.
                                                                         cylinder. Without warning, the platen opened
This means crushed limbs, severed fingers, even death.
                                                                         vertically and crushed his head against the
                                                                         cylinder. The worker’s injuries were fatal.
What are your responsibilities?
If you work on machinery or equipment that requires                      How could this accident have been prevented?
lockout, you must follow written safe work procedures.
Take the time to follow these procedures; they will
protect you from injuries that will affect you and your
family.
                                                                         Rule	of	thumb
Remember to:                                                             If there is any potential for equipment or
                                                                         machinery to start up unexpectedly or release
•	 Lock out energy-isolating devices.
                                                                         energy, then it can cause serious injury. To
•	 Keep control of the keys to your personal locks.
                                                                         avoid injury, you must isolate and effectively
•	 Remove your personal locks after the work is                          control the energy source.
   completed.


Types of lockout
Electricity is the most common energy source used to
power equipment. Machinery powered by electricity is
most commonly either:
•	 soft-wired — plugged-in equipment
•	 hard-wired — permanently connected equipment


               ~ If you are unsure about how to lock out, ask your supervisor. ~




                                        Crew                        Talk
                                                         !
Lockout                                                                                  Crew Handout for Workers


Soft-wired lockout                                                Hard-wired lockout
These are the five basic steps for locking out soft-wired         These are the five basic steps for locking out hard-
equipment:                                                        wired equipment:
1. Identify the machinery or equipment that needs to              1. Identify the machinery or equipment that needs to
   be locked out.                                                    be locked out.
2. Shut off the machine or equipment. Make sure that              2. Shut off the machine or equipment. Make sure that
   all moving parts come to a complete stop. Ensure                  all moving parts come to a complete stop. Ensure
   that shutting off the equipment will not cause a                  that shutting off the equipment will not cause a
   hazard to other workers.                                          hazard to other workers.
3. Unplug the machine.                                            3. Find the electrical source (circuit breaker or
                                                                     electrical disconnect switch) and place it in the
4. Keep the plug in plain view and within your reach
                                                                     “off” position.
   while working on the machine.
                                                                  4. Apply a personal lock, with your ID tag, to the
5. Try to start the machine. This step is critical; it will
                                                                     energy device. If one switch is within your exclusive
   tell you if the lockout procedure is effective. First
                                                                     and immediate control, a lock may not be required.
   ensure that everyone is in the clear and that no
   hazard will be created if the lockout is not effective.        5. Try to start the machine. This step is critical; it will
                                                                     tell you if the lockout procedure is effective. First
                                                                     ensure that everyone is in the clear and that no
                                                                     hazard will be created if the lockout is not effective.




For machinery equipped with a plug, keep the plug
within your sight and reach.                                      Use personal locks with ID tags for machinery
                                                                  controlled by electrical disconnect switches or
                                                                  electrical breakers.

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