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Case Study 6: Steel Mill Teeming Car Repairs

Incorrect.  In this scenario, this step must be taken.

The employer is obligated to provide the servicing and maintenance employee with protection against hazardous energy from interconnected and nearby machines or equipment which could cause injury. In this case, the energy control procedures were implemented for the teeming car. The employer failed, however, to lock out interconnected and nearby machines or equipment which exposed the maintenance worker to hazardous energy.

The employer could either provide effective machine guarding or ensure that the energy control procedure for the teeming car requires the authorized employee to implement the energy control procedures for the motor-driven unit and for other interconnected or nearby equipment or machines. If the employer were to install guarding, it must protect the authorized employee from the hazardous energy of the interconnected or nearby machinery. If the guarding does not adequately protect the authorized employee during this servicing and maintenance activity, the interconnected and nearby machines or equipment must be deenergized and locked out/tagged out. In this case study, because guarding had not been installed, the employer was obligated to implement energy control procedures for the interconnected or nearby machines. The employer therefore failed to implement procedures to shut down, isolate, block, and secure machines or equipment to control hazardous energy (described in 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(4)(ii)(B)).


NOTE: This analysis could be readily applied to a scenario where maintenance must be performed on a punch press in an area crowded with other presses or energized equipment.



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