Publication Date: 
May 01 / 2019
Workplace injuries can be caused by unexpected energization or start-up of machines or equipment, or a release of stored energy. The purpose of de-energization and lockout is to prevent the release of energy that could cause injury or death. A lockout is used to make sure that equipment is not accidentally or inadvertently turned on while workers are performing maintenance on it. Maintenance is any work performed to keep machinery or equipment clean and in safe operating condition, that includes cleaning, repairing, and lubricating the equipment, as well as clearing obstructions to the normal flow of material.