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Lockout/Tagout! Prevent Injury and Damage to Equipment

What should you do when the earth moving, material handling or aerial equipment that Lockout Tagoutyou plan to operate has a lockout/tagout hatched to it?

You should not try to start it.

Whenever equipment is inoperable and idled on a job site, at least one lockout/tagout device must be attached to it, indicating that the equipment has been purposely disabled, according to Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations (29 CDF 1910.147). The Department of Labor estimates that more than three million workers are at risk of injury if proper lockout/tagout procedures are not in place.

A lockout device is a hasp, padlock or lockbox that can be secured to the machine. The ultra-durable lock ensures that the hasp cannot be easily removed. The lockout is usually attached in a way to prevent the engine from starting.

The tagout is a warning tag secured to the lockout device and equipment with a written explanation as to why the equipment is shut down and for how long.

Both the lock and tag are combined with an orange lockout hasp that is attached in a visible location, such as a battery disconnect switch on the outside of the equipment. Sometimes, a mechanic will disconnect the positive battery cable inside the machine and attach a lockout/tagout device to the cable clamp in order to prevent reconnection. Because the first device is not visible, the mechanic will also attach a second device to the steering wheel to ensure that an operator sees the warning tag indicating that the equipment is inoperable.

The reason why a lockout/tagout device is attached to equipment is because the equipment does not work properly, or it is not safe to operate. For example, a hose may be disconnected and by starting the equipment oil could be pumped on the ground. Or, a mechanic may be working underneath the machine and starting and driving the equipment could injure the worker.

Neff Rental takes a proactive approach to lockout/tagout systems. All mechanics and drivers are authorized to lockout/tagout equipment when they know that it is unsafe to operate and cannot be immediately repaired. Sales reps are authorized to tag and disable the equipment when they see a safety issue, such as a malfunctioning seat belt, leaks or other unsafe mechanical problems.

When equipment has been repaired and is safe to operate, a mechanic will remove lockout/tagout device, and tie a new signed and check-marked green ready-to-rent card on the equipment, indicating that it is ready to be used on your job site again.

Remember, when equipment has a lockout/tagout attached to it, it is considered inoperable. If it does, we are trying to keep you safe because we do care more. For more information contact Neff Rental or call us at 888-709-6333. We are ready to assist you with your equipment needs.