Category: Equipment and Machinery Safety

Lockout/Tagout Safety Essentials

It’s easy to assume that machines are safe once they have been shut down. But that assumption often leads to tragedy. Here are some key aspects of OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard that can help safeguard your workforce Veteran safety professionals know that simply turning off or unplugging a machine before maintenance, repairs, or retooling is not […]

How to Drive Home Forklift Safety Training

Forklifts are an essential part of many industrial operations, but they are also involved in 10 percent of all serious industrial accidents every year. Here’s a way to make your forklift safety training unforgettable. Yesterday’s Daily Advisor explored the many sources of potential accidents and injuries in the warehouse environment, as well as some tips […]

Is Your Warehouse a ‘Scarehouse’?

From splinters on wooden pallets to improperly operated forklifts, warehouses are a hotspot for workplace accidents and injuries. Here are some commonsense, good housekeeping, and material handling tips to help protect your workforce. No matter how neat and orderly your warehouse may appear, the trained safety eye can see that it is rife with opportunities […]

Lock in ‘Unforgettable’ Lockout/Tagout Training

With a new OSHA lockout/tagout directive in place – including the statement that LOTO compliance will now be part of all OSHA programmed inspections – LOTO training has never been more important. Here’s how you can get your workplace prepared. In yesterday’s Advisor, we told you about OSHA’s new lockout/tagout (LOTO) compliance directive that instructs […]

Lockout/Tagout Directive: A Peek behind the OSHA Curtain

OSHA’s new lockout/tagout (LOTO) directive tells you how the agency is interpreting the LOTO standards – and how its inspectors will be enforcing it. Wouldn’t you love to have the inside scoop on what OSHA inspectors will be looking for when they examine your lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures? Well, you can – courtesy of the agency […]

Forklift Safety: What You MUST Teach, and the Best Way to Teach It

Both OSHA and best practices mandate what a forklift operator must know. And effective training techniques mandate the best way to teach it … in action. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion about forklift safety and operator training. We noted that while OSHA has a comprehensive standard on forklift training, the regulation includes no provision for […]

Are Your Forklift Trainers Up to the Job?

OSHA has strict standards for forklift driver training but says nothing about certifying that the trainers know what they’re doing. How good is the quality of your forklift training program? After you read this, you might just wonder. The story is a tragic one, made more so by the victim’s youth. Kevin Hrcka, just 13, […]

Lockout/Tagout: 5 Steps to a Successful Program

To implement a successful lockout/tagout program, you need 5 key elements, says a top BLR interactive training program. It then proceeds to deliver them to you. Yesterday’s Safety Daily Advisor looked at what the safety education website, siri.uvm.edu, calls the “fatal 5” of lockout/tagout. These missteps, which account for most of the 60,000 injuries and […]

Meet Lockout/Tagout’s ‘Fatal 5’

Make any of these 5 mistakes and not only is your lockout/tagout program in danger, so are you! Here’s a short quiz for the workers at your facility: Question: When can a simple padlock and a laminated piece of red-striped cardboard save your life?Answer: When they’re part of a well-planned lockout/tagout program. As safety professionals […]