There are many potential sources of hazardous energy at workplaces in Tennessee. Electrical, hydraulic, chemical and mechanical energy sources can all be very dangerous if they are not properly controlled. To prevent injuries caused by hazardous energy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises employers to implement appropriate lockout/tagout procedures.
According to OSHA, almost 10 percent of the serious workplace accidents that occur on job sites in many industries are the result of hazardous energy. The failure to control hazardous energy is often the cause of serious and fatal injuries that are sustained by laborers, electricians and machine operators. Injuries from hazardous energy could be electrocutions, burns, amputations or crushing.