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Mobile Equipment ─ Energy Control Process (Lockout and Other methods)


Between 2000 and 2013, there was an average of four fatalities per year in Quebec associated with the maintenance or servicing of mobile equipment. More specifically, 56 people died and 13 were seriously injured over that period. When these accidents occurred, the work was in most cases being done in an improvised fashion (for example, motor still running, accessory left at height). Most of these situations could have been avoided if a proper energy control procedure had been followed. Unfortunately, mobile equipment is only rarely covered in organizations’ energy control programs (lockout and other methods).

The purpose of this guide is to support the people who work for municipalities and other organizations that use, supply or procure mobile equipment: managers, employer and employee representatives, accident prevention officers, OHS committee members, workers, etc.

More specifically, the guide seeks to:

  • Raise awareness of the requirement to include mobile equipment in energy control programs (lockout and other methods).
  • Facilitate the development of energy control procedures tailored to mobile equipment.

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Category: Technical guide
Research Project: 2013-0082
Online since: December 21, 2018
Format: Text