What is a Lock Out (Tag Out)?
To "Lock Out" means to neutralize all energies on a vehicle or equipment while performing maintenance/inspection. This is required for inspection on electrically powered equipment or machinery and also in the event of a break down, refuelling or while the vehicle remains in a parked area.
Why do we need to Lock Out?
- To minimize/manage risk of exposure to energy sources and hazardous substances.
- To prevent unlawful machine start-up during maintenance or any other time.
- Minerals Act, Regulation 20.
When To Lock Out?
- Servicing and/or maintenance during normal production.
- Parking equipment in hard park area.
- Brake down.
- Inspection/check list
- Leaving cab.
- Refuelling equipment
Who Needs To Lock Out?
- All authorized operator/drivers
- Mechanics/Service crew
- Persons who inspect equipment
Where To Lock Out?
- At the main isolator on equipment
How To Lock Out?
- Attach the scissors to the lock out point
- Place the lock into the scissors and lock it.
- Keep the keys on a safe place.
- Team lock out;
- Use one scissors and multiple lock on one machine
[Content kindly provided by Moolmans Mining]