How Do Lockout/Tagout Regulations Protect Employees from a Work Accident?
Several weeks ago, we wrote about how fatal and non-fatal work accidents caused by machinery could be avoided if companies followed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. While there are several regulations that can protect workers from machinery, there are also regulations that are specific to certain situations, such as maintenance.
Lockout/tagout (LT) regulations help protect workers from being injured or killed by machinery capable of storing energy and turning on during maintenance procedures. For LT regulations to protect workers there can be no chance that a machine will turn back on; it must be safely turned off or disconnected from its energy source.
To put this into perspective for our readers, we are going to go into detail on what happens when a worker is hurt by a failure to follow LT regulations.
Earlier this year in Niles, Ohio, a plant worker died after reaching into a machine press to remove unprocessed aluminum. After an OSHA investigation concluded, the regulatory agency had fined the company $28,000 for failing to train workers on LT safety policies. If such training had occurred, it would be unlikely that the machine would have turned back on and killed the worker.
Can Ohio Employees Injured by Machinery Receive Workers’ Comp Benefits?
Work accidents from machinery are not always fatal. Non-fatal work accidents can involve losing a limb or receiving a brain injury or spinal cord injury. Workers who are injured by machinery on the job might have multiple options that extend beyond workers’ compensation and disability benefits. Contacting an attorney can help you find out what your options are.
We encourage our readers to explore our website to learn more about benefits that are available to injured workers.
Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC – Columbus Workers’ Comp Attorneys
Did You Know? Since the introduction of OSHA regulations to the workplace in 1970, work injuries and illnesses have declined by 67 percent.