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NIOSH alert: preventing worker deaths from uncontrolled release of electrical, mechanical, and other types of hazardous energy.

Authors
Moore-P; Pizatella-T
Source
NIOSH 1999 Aug; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
20000196
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requests assistance in preventing the death or injury of workers exposed to the unexpected or uncontrolled release of hazardous energy. In this Alert, hazardous energy is any type of energy in sufficient quantity to cause injury to a worker. Common sources of hazardous energy include electricity, mechanical motion, pressurized air, and hot and cold temperatures. Hazardous energy releases may occur during the installation, maintenance, service, or repair of machines, equipment, processes, or systems. Investigations conducted as part of the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program suggest that developing and following hazardous energy control procedures could prevent worker injuries and fatalities. This Alert describes five fatal incidents in which workers contacted uncontrolled hazardous energy during installation, maintenance, service, or repair work. To prevent such deaths, the recommendations in this Alert should be followed by every employer, manager, supervisor, and worker who installs, maintains, services, or repairs machines, equipment, processes, or systems. NIOSH requests that trade journal editors, safety and health officials, and others responsible for worker safety and health bring this Alert to the attention of employers and workers who are at risk.
Keywords
Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Mortality-data; Electrical-hazards; Hazardous-energy; Mechanical-properties; Machine-operation; Temperature-effects; Maintenance-services; Electrical-systems; Combustibility; Kinetic-energy; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19990801
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Alert
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2000-100201
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 99-110
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV
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