If you own a construction company, then you’ll know just how dangerous conditions can be on site and it probably won’t come as a surprise to you that it’s the industry with the highest workplace deaths. There are many causes of this including slips, trips, and falls as well as broken machinery.
The latter is something that can be avoided by keeping your machinery in working order and we’re here to tell you how you can do that. This will make working conditions safer for your staff members and may help you save money in the long run too.
Continue reading to learn how you can keep your machinery in working order.
Invest well from the start
Great machinery is built using the best technology and materials, which means it should perform better and last longer than cheaper alternatives. Better-made products that are slightly more expensive will likely have better safety features too, which will help to keep injuries to a minimum on site. This means that you can keep downtime to a minimum with no one requiring recovery time from the injuries.
Keep the manual
Most equipment will come with a manual, which will show you how every part of the tool should work and may also show you how to fix certain problems. Therefore, keeping all your manuals organised and in an easily accessible place is essential.
Perform regular maintenance
There are a lot of moving parts in modern-day machinery, which means regular maintenance checks are a must. Make sure to replace any worn out screws or other fastenings with newer models like these eyebolts from RS, so your machine continues to work at a level you’d expect. Machines may need a top-up of oil or lubricants too, so make sure you keep these around just in case you need them.
Some machinery may help to speed up certain applications but if it isn’t necessary to use the machine, then avoid it. Reduced usage will decrease the chances of wear and tear, which should prolong its usage over time.
Make sure staff are fully trained
If your staff don’t know how to use a piece of kit properly, then they’re more likely to get injured or break it during use. Take time to provide proper training before anyone uses a new machine and provide a detailed demo too, so they can see how it’s supposed to be used.
Like most things, however, tools and machinery do have expiry dates of around 5 years from the day they were manufactured. This means that if the tool starts to break after a while, then it might not be repairable and you may need to buy a replacement.