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Preparing for the Season

- April 30, 2018 by Dan Heinen, ASP (View all posts by Dan)

Across the country, as spring struggles to stick around, many contractors are gearing for hopefully a productive, safe and profitable year. With that in mind, it’s also a good time to review your safety policies and procedures, ensure your required OSHA programs are current and revisit your safety training and retraining.

Another best practice would include inspecting your tools and equipment. Below are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure ladders are in good shape. If not, cut them up before disposing them to insure no one can take one home and risk injury using them off-site.
  • Ensure electrical hand tools do not have cracked cases. Make sure plugs and cords are in good condition. You can repair and/or replace plugs and cords if you have an employee that is qualified to do so.
  • Check for damaged spots, broken ground prongs and loose ends on cords on power tools. Similar to electrical hand tools, these can also be repaired if you have a qualified person.
  • Inspect grease points to make sure the seals are in good shape and grease as needed.
  • Check all gas and diesel equipment. If they were used throughout the winter, it may also be time to check and/or change the oil and other fluids.
  • Inspect grease points to make sure the seals are in good shape and grease as needed.
  • Look for weathering or fraying on power belts. Inspect pulleys for worn shafts and keeper pins or keys.
  • Double check all guards making sure they are in place a secured as needed. This would also be a time to check and see if guarding above what it required may be needed.
    • Check belts, fluids, tires on all vehicles. Make sure wiper blades and wiper fluid are in good shape as well.

    While all these may sound pretty much common sense, I don’t know how many times I was on a jobsite and when I got something out to use, the phrase “It was fine when I put it away” was so common! Downtime on a home project is an inconvenience, but on a jobsite it can lead to lost time, short cuts (to make up time) then injuries. Preventive maintenance is just that – there to prevent that from happening.

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