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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 ! 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): ! Page 2 of 2 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. ! Page 2 of 2
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