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Lockout and Tagout in a Manufacturing Setting from a Situation Awareness Perspective
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8693-3431
Department of Education and Training, University of Vocational Technology, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3827-0295
Work Science Academy, Kandana, Sri Lanka.
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2019 (English)In: Safety, ISSN 2313-576X, Vol. 5, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Applying lockouts during maintenance is intended to avoid accidental energy release, whereas tagging them out keeps employees aware of what is going on with the machine. In spite of regulations, serious accidents continue to occur due to lapses during lockout and tagout (LOTO) applications. Few studies have examined LOTO effectiveness from a user perspective. This article studies LOTO processes at a manufacturing organization from a situation awareness (SA) perspective. Technicians and machine operators were interviewed, a focus group discussion was conducted, and operators were observed. Qualitative content analysis revealed perceptual, comprehension and projection challenges associated with different phases of LOTO applications. The findings can help lockout/tagout device manufacturers and organizations that apply LOTO to achieve maximum protection.

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Basel: MDPI, 2019. Vol. 5, no 2
Keywords [en]
lockout, tagout, qualitative content analysis, situation awareness
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Operation and Maintenance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73795DOI: 10.3390/safety5020025ISI: 000474934600008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85071440225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-73795DiVA, id: diva2:1308105
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-05-29 (oliekm)

Available from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30 Last updated: 2019-09-20Bibliographically approved

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