Lockout / tag-out

Your company’s first line of defence against worker injury

 In 2004, a millwright in Hearst, Ont., was adjusting belts and a tray on a loader/press/unloader when it cycled and killed him. The equipment was automated to transfer pre-formed mats of wood chips and glue to a conveyor in a particleboard production line. The worker was pinned between the tray and press.

Every working day in Canada, two workers are killed as a result of a workplace accident, and on average a worker is injured Lockout-tagoutevery nine seconds. Every year, high-profile incidents like the one above prompt calls for more formal workplace guidelines. With the release of the new edition of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z432-04 Safeguarding of Machinery standard and the new Z460-05 Control of Hazard Energy – Lockout and Other Methods, employers and manufacturers have a clearer direction for preventing machine-related injuries. Employers can use the guarding standard (Z432) for normal production activities, while the lockout standard (Z460) addresses the non-production activities. Lets take a closer look at the requirements of Z460-05 Control of Hazard Energy –
Lockout and Other Methods.

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