Lockout violation due to unfamiliarity with disconnect locations

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Sawmills and Reman
Acorn Sawmill (Delta, BC)
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A sawmill lockout violation occurred when an employee entered the barker infeed conveyor to conduct maintenance work.

Although the employee had sufficiently locked out the barker, locking out of the hydraulic log loaders located on another MCC was missed. The Lockout verifier was also unaware that the disconnect for the log loaders had to be locked out at a different location.

Both employees are relatively new to their positions, however they have been trained. Prior to the actual work commencing, the violation was discovered and the employee in the barker infeed was pulled from the work area.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Take the required time to identify all pieces of equipment, energy sources and disconnect locations when locking out. Multiple locations and energy sources could be required to lockout one piece of equipment.
  • Ask more experienced employees to explain the different lockout locations and energy sources of each piece of equipment.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sia Bouseh, Safety Coordinator Sia.Bouseh@Interfor.com

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