Every year, between 150 and 200 fatalities and some 50,000 injuries occur due to failure to control the release of hazardous energy. Lockout/tagout (LOTO) refers to the OSHA-required practices and procedures to protect workers from unexpected start-up of machinery or hazardous energy released during service or maintenance.
LOTO consistently appears on OSHA’s annual list of most-violated standards. OSHA maintains that compliance with the standard (29 CFR 1910.147) could prevent hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, including amputations, each year.
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