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You are 100% correct! If people would live by LOTO (Lockout/Tagout) then many more workers would still be working, living a good life and taking care of their families! Unfortunately, this is not the case. Something as simple as shutting off the energy source(s) and securing that source of energy, you would think that everyone would do it.
If you organization does not have a LOTO process, ask your manager about it...if he/she gives you a blank look, GET HELP from somewhere reputable, like the area OSHA office. You can contact them and ask for help and you do not have to give your name! Just get help!!!!!
Okay Bryan, you knew this would probably come. What about those systems where the risk of start-up are greater than the risk of working the system live (the infamous cell line)? Due to the fatality @ Mt Vernon, we now have new procedures for on/near & Master Tag for those breakers that cannot accept a lock. Nobody wanted to tackle the cell line issue. I think the PPE requirments and the task procedure do manage the risk. Now that you don't suffer the headaches of this system, where do you stand? PPE or shut it down?