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Aug 18 2017

FF: Lockout

Category: Egress,Fixed-it Friday,Push/PullLori @ 12:59 am Comments (61)

This is not the intended use of this device.  Anyone know what it’s for?

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61 Responses to “FF: Lockout”

  1. lach says:

    Those look like “Lock Out” devices. When I worked in a junk mail manufacturer they would use them to lock out the power switch and each technician would have their own pad lock. And only that tech could unlock it to prevent someone turning on the machine while it was under repair. Was a way of taking ownership of who was working on what. The multiple holes are for multiple techs to each put their own lock on it so it could only be turned back on when everything was good to go by each techs standards.

  2. Cda says:

    Lock out tag out

    Used to lock out electrical circuit, while a person works on a piece of machinery.

    Can be used to lock out other items, like doors.

    The extra holes are for other people working on same machinery.
    With the idea, until ALL the locks are off the electric or machine cannot be turned on.

  3. Dustin says:

    Those are Equipment lock out tags, not meant for any type of security, used in a machine shop to lock out a piece of equipment from being able to run. Either the equipment or machine is down for service, broken or dangerous to use.

  4. Jon Mckinney says:

    Locking out electrical switches? I don’t think that is proper lock-out tag-out procedure.

  5. Dave Snell, AHC says:

    They are lock out devices meant for locking down on/off switches for industrial machines during maintenance so the machine can’t be accidently turned on. Takes multiple keyed different padlocks for multiple people to turn machine back on.

  6. John says:

    Lockout tags for locking out utilities when servicing them, mostly electrical, so that somebody doesn’t inadvertently turn it back on while it’s being worked on. The multiple holes are so that more than 2 padlocks can be used so that it takes more than one key to activate the locked out device.

  7. James Tracey says:

    The picture for today is a safety multi-lock out-tag out, for multiple locks, each person working would lock the piece of equipment. Once all of the workers are completed with their work, they remove their lock. When all of the locks are removed the work is complete.

  8. David D. says:

    Lockout/Tagout for electrical/machinery.

  9. Larry Young says:

    Handcuffs requiring multiple locks and keys?? Seriously, this is used as a security/safety device in applications requiring more than 1 person to obtain access. For example on a power panel or secure area so one person cannot gain access without 1 ( or more) other people also authorized.

  10. Mario says:

    Safety Lockout for electrical equipment disconnect. Each person working on the equipment has an assigned padlock and key. All padlocks are attached to the lockout hasp. No one can turn on power to the system until all padlocks are removed. Have to admit, that is creative. And if you use multiple padlocks you can have “Dual Custody” 😉

  11. Dominic says:

    This is used to lockout hazardous energy sources for maintenance.

  12. Tony Calistro says:

    It’s a lock-out tag to prevent use of, and to put out of service, equipment that is defective or unsafe.

  13. Jim Fellows says:

    I believe the original use was for switches at train tracks, more than one padlock was installed so that it required more than one person to change the direction of the tracks.

  14. Julia says:

    LOL! New use for lock-out/tag-outs! Got to give them credit for using imagination.

  15. Tim Cannon says:

    It is a lockout device for elec panels. Everyone who enters the restricted area puts his own lock on it and the machines can not be restarted until all locks are removed.

  16. Kris Hofstede says:

    Lockout padlocks in a safety atmosphere – usually in rigs/ mills/ plants where someone’s life could be on the line and multiple people need to approve that it is safe to operate a machine.

  17. Robert Harrison says:

    Lock-out Tag-out devices to lock out energized equipment when working on the equipment

  18. George Ongies says:

    That is a lock out tag out device.

  19. Bobby says:

    Lockout hasp(s) for equipment. Something like this:

    “Ideal for lockout by multiple workers at each lockout point, the hasp keeps equipment inoperative while repairs or adjustments are made. Control cannot be turned on until last worker’s padlock is removed from hasp.”

  20. Kevin Meehan says:

    Those would be lockout tags that are intended to restrict access to something until multiple padlocks, etc are removed – generally to prevent any one person from having access to something like an electrical box.

  21. Ron Howard says:

    Wow. Equipment lock-outs on a door! There’s a first time for everything, I guess.

  22. Eric Rieckers says:

    A lock-out station.

  23. Paul N says:

    Lock out for electricians

  24. Dave Curis says:

    Its a Lock Out/ Tag Out set up to lock off machinery and or electrical switches to prevent their start up during maintenance.

  25. Ed Harris says:

    Electrical Panel box Lockout, so multiple trades can lockout the same panel.

  26. Craig Ordmandy says:

    This device is used when doing “Lock out / Tag out”. A procedure that maintenance people use to protect themselves while working on machinery. It prevents the machine from being turned on during the repair plus, it serves as a visual notification to others that someone is working on the machine so, don’t turn it on.

  27. LachSr says:

    They look like lock-out/tag-out flags used to lock the circuit box in the off position for equipment. Our maintenance people used them when they needed to work on the band saws, shear, press break and roller, etc. so no one would accidentally turn on the power to the equipment while they were repairing it.

  28. PAUL BARIL says:

    lockout device for machinery.
    while the machine is being repaired or worked on,
    supervisor or supervisors put their padlock on to prevent the machine from being turned on.

  29. Domenic LoBello says:

    Hi Lori that device is used to lock out electrical disconnect switches when multiple people are working on a electrical circuit. The device prevents the disconnect switch from being activated until the last worker removes his/her padlock to remove the hasp.

  30. curtis meskus says:

    Those are lock outs for lockout tagout, maintenance would use them to turn off power at a disconnect panel, where you would put a padlock. The multiple holes allow different technics to each overlock the equipment so as ea child trade is done they may take their individual lock off, while allowing others to maintain the power or other chain in a locked position

  31. Joel Niemi says:

    Safety lockout for electical gear. Permits each person who needs to know that power has been shut off at a disconnect to place a lock for their safety. When you’re done, you take your lock off. When last lock is off, it is safe to turn power on again.

  32. Dave S. says:

    Those are lockout hasps, commonly used to lockout circuit breakers or other devices while someone is working downline on the circuit so no one can turn it back on. There are multiple holes so more than one worker can have a lock on it and all would be needed to undo the hasp.

  33. Richard McKie says:

    Safety Lock out for locking out electrical devices or plumbing/gas valves.
    Double points for innovation though!

  34. Sheldon says:

    It’s a lockout, used to make sure no one activates a machine while it’s being serviced. It has several holes because several people could be working on the same equipment at the same time.

  35. Nathan Langley says:

    That’s used for lockout/tagout on equipment to ensure that only people trained to use that equipment have access. Usually an OSHA requirement.

  36. Pam says:

    Lock Out Tag Out hasp.
    Hasp is used in the Lock Out Tag Out procedure. Procedure is for safety to lock out access and prevent starting a machine or equipment during repair or maintenance. If I remember correctly, the hasp should have a tag on it defining the procedure taking place.

  37. Blake Nelson says:

    A lock out / tag out device meant for valves & electrical circuitry. Creative use here!

  38. Ken Adkisson says:

    This is a safety device used to lock a breaker panel or disconnect box while servicing circuits served by that panel or disconnect.

  39. Robert says:

    it’s a lockout hasp for equipment and it’s for worker’s to put their personal padlock on the device to prevent operation until everyone with a lock on it is complete. but this is a new use and noted for the interesting way they used it?

  40. Rich says:

    I have worked in an industrial setting that would fire you for mis-use of a life safety device like this. Lock out Tag out multi lock unit intended for up to six personal locks on one device.

  41. Kenneth Einselen says:

    The apparatus is a “Lock-Out Tag-Out” devise to be used when servicing machinery. The device is used to Tag an electrical circuit as out of service when disconnected for machinery service. The multiple holes are for each of the service crew to pad lock. The circuit is “locked out” until everyone has removed their lock.

    Wikipidea-Lockout-tagout (LOTO) or lock and tag is a safety procedure which is used in industry and research settings to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work.

  42. Keith Staples says:

    It’s a safety lockout device, say for electrical panels for example. When the clamps are closed the holes line up, each person has a padlock that is working on the electrical panel (as an example) and locks the clamp. So if 4 people are working on the electrical panel there would be 4 pad locks. It prevents someone from killing another person that is working on the equipment.

  43. DAVID FEDERICO says:

    These are lock outs for electrical panels and equipment. The idea behind it is that no one can operate the machine or turn on power whilst someone is working on it .

  44. DAVID FEDERICO says:

    But I guess in a pinch (hopefully not your fingers) they work just the same as a chain wrapped around the handles. But as we all know this never happens anywhere on this planet…

  45. Jess (Door closer doctor) says:


    what you have here is what’s called a “Lock-out, tag-out” commonly used to safely disable a machine/equipment so people do not accidentally start it while its down for maintenance/repairs

  46. Pete Schifferli says:

    Dedicated safety lockout hasp to immobilize machinery according to OSHA lockout device standards when being repaired or serviced. Each tradesman places his own lockout padlock through one of the holes to prevent the equipment from being operated, multiple holes allow up to six different lockout padlocks to be placed on the equipment, all of which must be removed before the equipment can be energized.

    Pete Schifferli

  47. James Stroda says:

    Electrical panels and disconnect switch lock

  48. James Stroda says:

    Provides Life Safety for cases when more than one technician may need to have the power off while they are working. When each is done they remove their lock.

  49. Safecrackin Sammy says:

    Its actually two lock out/tag out safety hasps put together. The hasp has multiple holes so that each worker can put their padlock on and the hasp can only be removed after all workers/trades have removed their lock.

    Its used on electrical disconnects, valves etc. to make sure they are turned off for servicing. Not made to be attack proof like a regular padlock and hasp.

    Guess they were outta chain…..

  50. Tony Santo says:

    Lockout for utility power levers at electric breaker boxes.

  51. Bryan McKeehan says:

    Lockout, tagout safety hasp. Multiple people can lock out a piece of equipment to prevent startup when someone could be injured.

  52. John Menard says:

    Sure do! These are used as part of out lock out tag out program. Used for securing equipment while it is being worked on to keep it from starting, energizing, etc. Of course the only two keys for the padlock are one with the person using it and one locked up for emergency use only. So, if you need to open the door. Please wait, someone will be by shortly. Sure, right!?!

  53. Chuck Park says:

    Lockout/Tagout for locking out power to equipment during maintenance and repairs. Turn off the power, then put the scissor hasp through the power switch to prevent it from being turned back on, and every person working on the equipment puts their personal padlock through one of the holes in the red section. The equipment can not be turned back on until the last person working is done and removes their personal padlock.

  54. john bange says:

    It’s a pair of lockout/tagout devices designed to block electrical switching devices while the technicians work on them (×228.jpg). They have six holes so that up to six techs can put their own personal LO/TO padlocks on it simultaneously. This is a pretty clever use of two of them, but not actually very effective. They’re designed for safety, not security. They’re just stamped sheet metal. Shove those doors hard enough they’ll bend apart like nothing.

  55. Matthew Phillips says:

    Those are two lockout/tagout hasps for multiple people coupled together. They are intended for use on any electrical/pneumatic/hydraulic equipment that needs to be locked out for repair, inspection, etc. For example an electrical disconnect would have the hasp latched to the lockout hub of the disconnect. The six holes in the red section allow up to six people to put there locks on the hasp. This way no single person can re-energize the equipment. Everyone has to remove their locks before that can happen. Absolutely not intended for this application. Here’s a good link explaining the intended purpose.

  56. Bjorn says:

    That’s a safety lockout device for use with heavy machinery so people don’t get their arm ripped off by a machine while they’re working on it. The lock is to keep someone from turning it on.

  57. D Benson says:

    It is a safety lock-out typically use to secure electrical/mechanical controls during maintenance work. Purpose is to prevent staty up on electrical equipment or machinery while maintenance work is being performed. Each worker would have their own padlock that would go through the holes in the lock-out.

  58. Deb Henson says:

    This is a machine lock out hasp that allows workers to lock out the same piece of equipment.

  59. Carl says:

    It is a lock-out tag-out for an electrical disconnect

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