Tips for Avoiding OSHA Lockout/Tagout Citations

What gets employers into LOTO trouble with OSHA? Attorney Nickole Winnett, shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Jackson Lewis, points to a number of culprits, including failing to ensure that energy control procedures have been developed, documented, and are in use for each piece of equipment where servicing and maintenance occur.

Another potential red flag for regulators is businesses that operate out of more than one location. “If you have multiple worksites, OSHA looks at the history of the company to determine whether to issue serious, repeat, or willful violations,” says Winnett.

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