America sees workplace accidents every day. In 2019, more than 5,300 workers died during or after a work accident. That’s roughly one death every 100 minutes.
There are a lot of ways you can keep your employees safe. You can give them training so they can respond to an accident.
But you should also keep an accident from occurring. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent disasters.
What is preventative maintenance? What is a preventative maintenance program like? How can you draft a maintenance guide?
Answer these questions and you can prevent accidents for many years to come. Here is your quick guide.
The Basics of Preventive Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is the process of maintaining equipment to prevent accidents from occurring. Some forms of maintenance are reactive, responding to emergency situations. Plugging a hole in a pipe to stop a leak is reactive maintenance.
In preventative maintenance, the equipment has no problems whatsoever. But all equipment will eventually break down. You need to recognize when it will break down and take measures to prevent a total collapse.
This may sound excessive. But preventing an accident from occurring means keeping your business from shutting down. You will also increase the life expectancy of your equipment, driving up productivity.
Examples of Preventive Measures
Preventative maintenance falls into a few categories. Time-based measures involve scheduling preventative maintenance.
Companies look at when their equipment will be in high demand and they schedule repairs. An example is servicing an air conditioning unit before summer.
Usage-based measures monitor how often pieces of equipment are used every day. A truck that is driven many times will require an oil change sooner than a rarely-used truck.
Predictive maintenance incorporates technology that tracks equipment. Temperature sensors monitor when refrigerators start to leak.
How to Draft a Preventative Maintenance Checklist
Gather information about the equipment you use. Understand when you bought your tools and how long they have been in use.
You should prioritize the pieces of equipment that may break down soon. Get them fixed. Train the employees who use them so they can prolong the lives of the tools.
You should next prioritize the pieces of equipment that pose a safety risk. A collapsing crane can hurt people and destroy entire buildings. Schedule a crane inspection and follow the advice of the inspector.
You should then turn to the equipment you need for operations. This includes transportation vehicles like golf carts and work trucks. Test them out and make any fixes you think are necessary.
Prevent Problems the Proper Way
Preventative maintenance keeps equipment from breaking down. It involves tracking when breakdowns are supposed to occur and fixing equipment accordingly. In addition to preventing accidents, it prolongs the lives of equipment.
You should adopt a few kinds of preventative maintenance. Get the equipment that you use most often fixed. Use technology that can track how your equipment is doing.
Prioritize things that will break down in the near future. Then look at the equipment that poses a major safety concern and important tools.
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