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Why implement a Lockout/Tagout programme?

Reduced accident rates and injury costs

EU Figures show that 10 to 15% of all fatal accidents at work and 15 to 20% of all accidents

are connected with maintenance. Common injuries include fractures, lacerations, amputations,

burns and shocks. Due to the serious nature of many LO/TO accidents, injury-related costs can

be exorbitant.

Less downtime, higher productivity

A well-organised LO/TO programme that includes clearly labelled energy sources, easy-to-follow

procedures, and readily accessible lockout tools can greatly speed up maintenance and servicing

activities. Workers can avoid time-consuming tasks such as tracing pipelines and electrical

circuits in order to verify the appropriate energy control points. As a result, maintenance work

is completed more efficiently, downtime is reduced and machinery is kept running at peak

performance levels.

Reduced indirect costs

Accidents can have a significant impact on work scheduling and productivity at the affected job

site. The unexpected start up of equipment can also cause extensive damage to the machinery

itself, adding the expense of equipment repairs and replacement to the total cost involved.

Best Safety Practice

Lockout / Tagout has become globally recognised



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