Electrical safety risks can include underground electrical wires, elevated electrical wires, electrical shocks or arc flashes from damaged wiring, and more. In industrial workplaces, it’s important to make sure that employees can reduce or even eliminate risks by executing proper lockout tagout procedures.
Lockout tagout procedures are designed to block hazardous energy from the source or, at the very least, physically prevent machines from accessing hazardous energy. Circuit breaker locks are made to cut off power at the source. Thus, if an employee happens to come by and plugs in a machine that’s under repair or maintenance, the machine will not re-energize. Any repair or maintenance personnel working on the machine will therefore be safe from harm.