This one takes us outside the specific standards to prevent falls, but still results in serious injuries and its 2,606 violations in the last reporting period makes it number 4 on the OSHA top ten list..
The standard applies to the control of energy during servicing and/or maintenance of machines and equipment.
The quickest citation is one for the failure to even establish an energy control procedure under 29 CFR 1910.147.
An energy Control program is defined as: The employer shall establish a program consisting of energy control procedures, employee training and periodic inspections to ensure that before any employee performs any servicing or maintenance on a machine or equipment where the unexpected energizing, startup or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the machine or equipment shall be isolated from the energy source and rendered inoperative.
Lockout-Tagout is a simple standard that can often provide greater insight into a company’s safety culture.