Posted by Thelma Marshall, Product Manager, March 10, 2020

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When a forklift fails a safety checklist in your facility, is it automatically locked down from use? Often, sidelined equipment is still used, even when they are deemed unsafe. This puts everyone at risk of serious injuries and costly accidents.

Using automated lockout/tagout safety procedures ensures equipment is completely shut off and kept from restarting and being used during maintenance or repair service. This is why OSHA requires employers to have procedures in place to protect workers by totally isolating machinery from the energy sources that drive them.

Surprisingly, only 10 percent of companies with fleet vehicles have an effective lockout/tagout program. OSHA reports up to 3 out of 10 employers have no lockout/tagout program at all.

In fact, failing to use a lockout is one of OSHA’s most cited safety violations, resulting in the organization collecting more than $7.7 million in associated penalties each year.

Facts to consider:
  • On average, workers lose 24 work days for recuperation, due to injuries caused by machinery not being properly shut off.
  • When standards are followed, accidents, injuries, and fatalities can be reduced up to 80 percent, according to OSHA.
  • Compliance with lockout/tagout regulations prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.

 What does a compliant lockout/tagout procedure look like?

Appropriate lockout/tagout measures, like those found in a telematic system, can be used to alert employees that certain pieces of equipment have been temporarily disabled or taken out of service.  Essentially, the equipment or lift truck won’t operate, and everyone is kept informed as to why.

When a forklift fails a safety checklist in your facility, is it automatically locked down form use? Often, sidelined equipment is still used, even when they are deemed unsafe. This puts everyone at risk of serious injuries and costly accidents.

Using automated lockout/tagout safety procedures ensures equipment is completely shut off and kept from restarting and being used during maintenance or repair service. This is why OSHA requires employers to have procedures in place to protect workers by totally isolating machinery from the energy sources that drive them.

Safety facts

Surprisingly, only 10 percent of companies with fleet vehicles have an effective lockout/tagout program. OSHA reports up to 3 out of 10 employers have no lockout/tagout program at all.

In fact, failing to use a lockout is one of OSHA’s most cited safety violations, resulting in the organization collecting more than $7.7 million in associated penalties each year.

Facts to consider:
  • On average, workers lose 24 work days for recuperation, due to injuries caused by machinery not being properly shut off.
  • When standards are followed, accidents, injuries, and fatalities can be reduced up to 80 percent, according to OSHA.
  • Compliance with lockout/tagout regulations prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.

Appropriate lockout/tagout measures, like those found in a telematic system, can be used to alert employees that certain pieces of equipment have been temporarily disabled or taken out of service.  Essentially, the equipment or lift truck won’t operate, and everyone is kept informed as to why.

Why most companies fall short in meeting regulations

OSHA’s lockout regulation is still one of the more challenging for companies to comply with. The sporadic nature of when a lockout is required can be logistically challenging to manage. Most companies also lack adequately trained personnel to ensure correct procedures are followed.

The solution is telematic lockout/tag out

When forklifts are inoperable during repairs or maintenance, risk to operators and pedestrians is significantly reduced.

  • It can save lives – compliance to lockout/tagout procedures prevents approximately 250,000 accidents, 50,000 injuries, and 120 fatalities annually.
  • It reduces costs – reduces lost employee time and insurance costs. In countries where lockout standards are followed, related accidents, injuries and fatalities drop by 80 percent or more.
  • It facilitates productivity improvements – lockout/tagout can minimize equipment downtime

Telematics for your fleet

Deploying a telematic lockout/tag out function makes forklifts inoperable during safety check questions, repairs or maintenance. Safety, maintenance, and unit reports can also provide data on why a forklift is in lockout, the duration, the operator, putting you in control of compliance.

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