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Lockout/Tagout Accidents

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Preventing Injuries from Improper LOTO Procedures

Lockout/tagout violations were in the top 4 most common OSHA violations for 2019. OSHA estimates that following LOTO procedures prevents as many as 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries every year, but improper LOTO still causes 1 in 10 industrial accidents. In order to ensure the safety of industrial workers, companies must be held accountable for every single lockout tagout accident. By making them liable for the medical costs of injured workers, we can restore workers’ lives while incentivizing companies to make their procedures safer.

We have been able to recover the following for our clients:

  • Their present medical costs
  • Their future medical treatment
  • Their lost income from hospitalization
  • Their lost future earnings due to lifelong injury

When workers are injured as a result of employer negligence, they call Arnold & Itkin. Our firm has fought and won some of the largest industrial accident claims in recent history, securing more than $10 billion total for our clients. We’ve represented workers in plant accidents, factory disasters, refinery fires, and warehouse accidents of all kinds. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a logout/tagout accident, speak with our LOTO injury lawyers today for a free consultation. Let’s discuss your recovery options now: call (888) 493-1629 today.

The Most Common Lockout/Tagout Mistakes

Any potentially hazardous equipment must by locked or tagged out when not in operation or under maintenance. Failure to follow safety procedure regarding LOTO is the responsibility of the owner and operator of the equipment. It’s as simple as that. When companies have poor safety practices, workers are the ones who lose their limbs or their lives. Companies need to provide for workers and their families after a catastrophic accident.

The most common mistakes caused by poor safety procedure include:

  • Not using a lock while doing short tasks
  • Putting a lock through another worker’s lock (and failing to relock)
  • Leaving the key in the lock
  • Delegating lockout duties instead of doing it yourself
  • Failing to lock out the main switch or disconnect
  • Failing to test the lockout before beginning a job

Catastrophic Injury Caused by Lockout Tagout Accidents

Lockout/tagout accidents are devastating because they involve workers working on, within, or under extremely heavy, powerful machinery. They’re also devastating because they’re completely preventable. Theoretically, there could be zero LOTO accidents every year if companies followed and enforced correct lockout/tagout procedures.

Lockout tagout accidents can result in injuries including but not limited to:

All of these injuries could result in millions of medical care, lost wages, lost future earnings, and loss of enjoyment. Companies are obligated to cover their workers when the company’s negligence causes their harm, and people are entitled to everything they need to recover what they’ve lost. Our job is ensuring workers get what they need.

Lockout Tagout Accident FAQ

What Is a Lockout Tagout Accident?

When workers have to service or perform maintenance on industrial machinery or energy sources, they have to make sure the machine can’t be turned on by accident. Lockout tagout (LOTO) procedures make sure the machine’s controls are locked out of any power source and cannot be turned on, as well as tagged to let other workers know not to turn it on.

LOTO procedures usually include both a locking and tagging step:

  • Lock is secured to the machine’s power source to prevent it from turning on
  • Tag is attached to the machinery to keep workers from engaging it

A LOTO accident results from improper lockout tagout procedure, which subjects workers to serious (and often fatal) harm. Workers have been crushed, burned, or lacerated as a result of working on machinery when it gets turned on. It’s a company’s responsibility to prevent LOTO accidents by any means possible.

How Is My Company Responsible?

If your coworker turned on the machine that hurt you, how is your company responsible? Legally speaking, your company is responsible because the company is responsible for the actions of its employees while they’re on the job. If an employee causes a serious injury while completing their duties, the company is ultimately liable.

What Can I Do to Make Sure My Family Is Taken Care Of?

LOTO accidents often render workers unable to work—sometimes permanently. In those situations, the combination of losing your income and accruing medical bills can devastate your family. The best way to ensure your family is taken care of is to speak with an injury attorney about your case. An injury attorney would be able to investigate your accident, hold the company liable for their role in causing you harm, and fight for a full financial recovery on your behalf. At our firm, we don’t take a fee unless/until we win our client’s case.

Call (888) 493-1629 to Discuss Your Case with LOTO Accident Lawyers

At Arnold & Itkin, we’ve secured over $10 billion fighting for our clients. We pour all our resources and effort into every case, knowing our results might be the only money our clients receive for the rest of their lives. That’s why we win: we’re never going to be outworked. Speak with us today to learn your recovery options.

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Case Results

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  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
  • $44 Million The Largest Verdict Ever Won for an Amputee Victim Arnold & Itkin represented a construction superintendent who required a leg amputation after a crane collapse. At the time of the collapse, our client had been standing behind a safety fence 100 feet away when a fallen piece of crane equipment pinned ...
  • $39.7 Million Record Verdict Won for Victim of Industrial Accident Attorneys Kyle Findley and Adam Lewis obtained a record $39.744 million verdict on behalf of a client who was burned in a severe dust fire and explosion at a plywood plant in Corrigan, TX.
  • $18.5 Million Second Verdict Won for 4 Victims of Geismar Explosion In our second trial on behalf of victims of the 2013 plant explosion in Geismar, LA, Arnold & Itkin won a massive verdict for 4 workers and their families. The verdict will go toward providing the extensive care they have required in the years since ...
  • $15.5 Million Massive Verdict Won for Geismar Explosion Victims Arnold & Itkin won a landmark verdict against Williams Companies, Inc. and child company Williams Olefins LLC for their part in the 2013 explosion that killed 2 workers and injured over 100 more. Williams Companies tried to blame the incident on ...
  • $13.7 Million Massive Settlement Won Only Months After Injury Arnold & Itkin represented a plant worker who was seriously injured in an accident on the job. Plant injuries are often complex, taking years to fully investigate and litigate. Fortunately, our firm’s work was able to secure a multi-million dollar ...
  • $12 Million Injured Worker Received Settlement for Burn Injuries Our industrial injury lawyers have recently recovered $12 million on behalf of a plant worker who suffered burns when a safety valve failed at the refinery where he was employed. His settlement will go toward providing him with extensive and ...
  • $11.7 Million Settlement Won for Plant Worker Injured During Turnaround Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin successfully recovered $11.75 million on behalf of a man who was injured while working a turnaround at an industrial plant. He was injured because he and his team were not informed of the plant’s dangers, and his ...
  • $11.6 Million Verdict Secured for a Worker Partially Blinded on the Job Our client was only offered $300,000 by the defendant for his near-total loss of sight in one eye, but the jury only deliberated for less than 2 days before they found the defendant guilty of defective equipment design. They gave our client an award ...
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