Aunt Ida’s Recipes for Disaster – 5

Welcome back for yet another tried and true recipe from our Chef de Catastrophe, Aunt Ida. This is a family classic she’s now sharing with all of you.
FEATURED RECIPE – LOTO Alphabet Stew. – This is comfort food at it’s best. Hot, rich, spicy and filling as well as cheap to make when you refuse to stop production by using LOTO to make clearing a machine jam or repairs safely.
Prep Time– Times vary and are directly correlated to the distance between the machine being operated and the location of the off switch for the source of power.  If not using LOTO then there is no prep time.
Cook Time– Times depend on the equipment used.
production/manufacturing equipment– You are not faster than the machine. – 30 minutes
high-speed conveyor belt– You did hear me say, high speed.  It just takes as little as the cord dangling from your sweatshirt. – 10 minutes.
exposed gears/rollers/chains/augers– Those gears don’t know any better.  They’ll grab anything, from a long sleeve to apron string to hair on your head. – 15 minutes.
YIELD – Enough body parts to either feed a family of 12 or build a new person.  Amputated fingers including 2 left thumbs, hands, arms, torsos, toes, ankles, legs, heads and scalps. 
Perfect side dish to accompany this is a life of regret and good intentions.
Lock Out Tag Out is one of the easiest, yes, one of the easiest violations to avoid by just simply making it mandatory for locking out your machines power source and tagging it so everyone knows who’s working on the machine and can’t accidentally turn the power back on.  Yet, LOTO violations have been rising to the top over the last few years.  In FY 2012 it was #9 on the OSHA’s top ten violations list and moved into the #8 spot during FY 2013 and now it sits in the #5  spot.  This should not be the trend but people are pushed to produce and if sacrificing safety helps to obtain those goals, oh well.  No matter what you’re dealing with, if it has moving parts and you need to make adjustments, repairs or clear jams and you have to reach in or place part of your body in there, ALWAYS do a proper LOTO.  Don’t let anyone bully you to by-pass this important safety procedure.  
Just because you tried to be a “nice guy”, a “team player” you avoided shutting down the line by not doing LOTO, this time.  Now, ironically the production line IS down anyway because they have to clean out your body parts from the machine parts. 

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