Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lock Out and Tag Out

If you've ever taken any electrical safety training, you've heard of making doubly sure no one can turn something back on that's being worked on.  Usually, the circuit breaker is locked open and a large, conspicuous tag is hung on the breaker box to make as obvious a warning as possible.  Stumbled across a picture that seemed like a perfect example of the kind of job you'd want to not just switch the breakers, but you'd want to pull the breaker and keep it in your pocket while you're working.

That's a BFS.  He appears to be sharpening the saw's teeth with a file. 


  1. I bet the power was on, he just threw the switch off. That practice would fit any mill I ever saw. Sawmills and boatyards seem to be the last places to manage to avoid any safety standards.

  2. Being that old of a Bell saw, I would imagine that it is still driven by a flat belt powered by a pony motor or a tractor PTO. I had a neighbor, many years ago, that used a 120HP Case tractor to run his. The old guy that lived behind my place had a three cylinder GMC diesel, out of an old crane, that ran his.
    Back in the middle 70's I could take you to half a dozen mills, like the one pictured, without leaving town. Now the only people to have one like that, are the Amish community down the road.

    Whitehall, NY

  3. Yeah, I figured it was a saw mill and you can see it's a small shop.

    The safest place to do that kind of work is a one-man shop, if you're the one man. In that case, you don't even need to pull the breaker. I work on lots of stuff around my shop without unplugging it or without cutting off the breaker.

  4. Ugh. That picture makes my testicles retract! I cannot stomach working on things, even when alone, without taking more precautions other than just turning it off. Once bitten, twice shy and such.