Improving lockout procedures in Pennsylvania

For the most part, employers spend the time and money necessary to ensure their workplace safety plans are effective. They also tend to do a good job when it comes to their facility lockout safety plans. However, simply having a plan may not be enough as workers may simply revert to old habits. Therefore, employers should assign staff members to serve as mentors or go-to people to ensure that safety protocols are being followed.

Employees should have access to necessary safety equipment regardless of where they are working. If an employee feels like he or she is under too much pressure to complete a task quickly, that employee may decide that finishing the task is more important than grabbing the right safety gear. Having proper equipment in close proximity enables a worker to both finish the task quickly while also completing it safely.

Ideally, a worker should have to spend no more than 15 seconds to get to lockout or other safety equipment. Employers can determine how long it takes employees to find such equipment by observing them or asking them directly during regular safety assessments. Furthermore, assessments should be done regularly to determine how often lockout procedures need to be implemented and which equipment is used the most often.

Workers who have been injured in a workplace accident or who have incurred an occupational disease may be eligible to file a claim for benefits under their employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage. As the filing process is time-sensitive and can often be confusing for some, many affected workers obtain the assistance of an attorney.

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