It was a great concern to learn that we had to ban two contractors last week for failure to correctly isolate machinery they were working on. It is only a couple of months since one of our colleagues lost his life when he was crushed by moving machinery, and it is difficult to comprehend why anyone would work on machinery without ensuring it was locked off and isolated first.
Our Number 1 Safety Essential is to Look After Ourselves and Each Other. We must ensure we lock out if working on machinery and our colleagues working alongside us must also do the same. Managers and Supervisors have a specific role to play ensuring lock out procedures are robust, understood, monitored and enforced.