Did you know that your workplace could put you at risk for exposure to a dangerous amount of energy? "But I don't work at a power plant," you may be thinking -- but that does not matter. Energized equipment from electrical sources to heavy machinery and even office equipment can be dangerous if it is not handled correctly. All too many New Jersey residents suffer injury because of industrial accidents that involve electrical or mechanical energy. Learn how to keep yourself safe -- and keep your employer accountable -- by knowing the rules of lockout/tagout.
What are some of the harmful effects of energized equipment? An energized piece of equipment has the potential to operate while someone is performing maintenance on it. Think about the table saw that activates while the user is changing the blade all because the equipment was still plugged in while the maintenance was occurring. Scores of other examples exist, but it is important to realize that energized equipment should always be controlled so industrial accidents can be prevented.