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How Far Have H&S Laws Come in 100 years?

When people reminisce about their lives, they often form a positive view. Nostalgia makes us forget about the bad things.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, workplace safety, legal compliance

How Can Rigorous Safety Policies Make Personnel Feel Valued?

At first glance, it seems counterintuitive that enforcing strong health and safety policies makes personnel feel valued and respected.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, inspection software, inspection management, audit software

30 Years Later - A Safety and Productivity Tool for Now … and the Future

We’re proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary in business, and we couldn’t be more excited about what the future will hold for Devtra.
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Topics: safety management, OSHA, inspection software, inspection management, inspection forms, audit/inspection software

Why Are A-Ratings So Important in Today's World?

With the proliferation of the internet, digital communication, and hundreds of review sites, ratings have become a critical aspect of today's world.
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Topics: safety management, inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management

What Are the Benefits of a COPE Mobile-device Strategy?

A "corporate-owned personally enabled" (COPE) IT business strategy is a means by which a company buys and provides its personnel with the mobile devices they need to run the day-to-day operations...
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Topics: inspection checklists, mobile inspections, inspection best practices, audit software, audit/inspection software

Is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Feasible in the Workplace?

In today's evermore digital world, “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies have gained a lot in popularity among employees and companies, alike. By using such a work strategy, your personnel can...
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, audit software, audit/inspection software

Put It in the Bank: Inspection Checklists Save Money

For many business owners, audits and inspections of assets are nothing more than a necessary evil done solely for the purpose of covering legal and other regulatory requirements. If this is the...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection checklists, inspection basics, vehicle safety

Don’t Forget the Milk!

There’s no denying that checklists are considered a universal tool in life. That’s true in business, just as it is on our personal life. Most successful leaders use checklists of some sort to keep...
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Topics: checklist design, take safety home, inspection forms

Beyond Pass or Fail: Grading Audit and Inspection Results

A pass or fail scoring system can be useful in numerous situations. If all that’s needed is a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down, a pass-fail scoring system gets the job done.
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection software, risk assessments, audit software, inspection forms, audit/inspection software

Playing "Russian Roulette" in the Workplace

 
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection software, audit software, audit/inspection software

The Relationship Between Compensation and Safety Adherence

 
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Topics: safety management, OSHA, inspection management, inspections and profitability, risk assessments, safety audits, audit software, audit/inspection software

How Are Investments in Safety Similar to Infrastructure Spending?

Executives, managers, supervisors, and other individuals in leadership positions sometimes put safety procedures and protocols in the last place in order to expedite projects. Some even go as far...
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, inspection software, equipment maintenance, vehicle safety, equipment safety, safety audits, audit software, audit/inspection software

Why Is Equipment an Asset, Not Just a Tool?

In companies that use heavy equipment, personnel tend to view that equipment as nothing more than a tool to get the job done.
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Topics: why inspect?, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability

Checklists: A Universal Tool in Life

Many people look at checklists as something tedious and boring. But when we use them, we quickly come to realize their efficiency.
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Topics: safety management, inspection checklists, audit software, audit/inspection software

No Reason to Fear Safety Non-compliance

Companies within the United States that do not follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations are opening themselves up to all sorts of non-compliance fines.
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Topics: safety management, OSHA, legal compliance, inspection software, inspection management, audit/inspection software

Three Historical Disasters Due to Inspection Failure

Things don't always go as planned. Accidents are an all-too-common occurrence that can negatively impact businesses of all types and sizes.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, inspection management

What Can You Audit or Inspect With The Checker Software? Almost Anything

Since 2000, The Checker has provided checklist books used for various equipment inspections such as forklifts, cranes, machinery, vehicles, and other such heavy commercial equipment. The company...
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, audit software, audit/inspection software

What Makes a Good Inspection Checklist?

Inspections and audits act as the foundation for every safety program out there. They’re how companies can gather the necessary insight to discover potential hazards, equipment malfunctions,...
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection software, inspection basics, inspection management, inspection best practices, audit software

Why It's Time to Begin Using Software to Audit and Inspect Your Assets

Mobile technology has become almost synonymous with the 21st century. Digital and mobile technology have changed the business landscape virtually beyond recognition. Despite these trends, some...
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Topics: mobile inspections, inspections and profitability, facility audits, audit software, audit/inspection software

How to Make a Comprehensive Safety Program Work

When talking about workplace safety, most businesses think they’re at least above average. But if they were to look at the details and how equipment operates in the field on a day-to-day basis, ...
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Topics: safety management, workplace safety, inspection software, equipment maintenance, safety audits, audit/inspection software

What You Didn't Know Inspection Software Could Do

Regular workplace audits and inspections are essential for every business looking to prevent all sorts of work-related incidents, illnesses, property damage, injuries, or loss of revenue. Software...
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Topics: inspection management, audit software, audit/inspection software

Five Ways to Make Your Workplace Safer

Never undervalue workplace safety. A proactive approach to safety has many benefits and many risks and liabilities if you don't. A safety mindset can increase production, reduce costs, lower the...
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, safety audits, audit/inspection software

Streamlining Facility Management: A Case Study

 
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Topics: why inspect?, facility audits, audit software, audit/inspection software

Five Ways to Prolong the Value of Your Assets

The so-called Age of Efficiency is upon us. For the past several decades, the consensus was to buy cheap, wear out, and buy again. But this model has proven to be inefficient. It also greatly...
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Topics: why inspect?, legal compliance, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability

Tips for inspecting

 
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection software, vehicle safety, inspection forms

Why Inspect All Vehicles?

 
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection software, vehicle safety, inspection forms

5 Inspection Books You Didn't Know Existed

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, inspection checklists, workplace safety, inspections and profitability, inspection forms

5 steps to a well designed checklist

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

A Guide To Your Facility Walkthrough

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

Private vs. Public institutions - Why is there a double standard?

The eternal public vs. private sector debate has (for a long time actually) reached safety standards issues. Why do you ask? The answer is simple. The discussion starts off based on the premises...
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

What Is A Circle Check?

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

What Is Your Safety Stack?

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

How Inspections Can Affect Your Brand

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

The Front Line Of Safety

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

Summer Heat: It's Not Just Your Employees You Have To Worry About

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

What Does A Safety Program Look Like?

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, audit software

5 Benefits of Moving from a Paper-Based Inspection System to Inspection Software

Even if a lot of today’s companies are using paper to conduct their daily business, the truth of the matter is that the current technological advancements are slowly but surely turning this...
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, inspection best practices, inspections and profitability, audit software

How Technology Can Improve Inspecting and Auditing

Today's working environment is being changed by the many technological advancements that have been taking place over the past several years. In fact, we are now going through the so-called 4th...
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, inspection best practices, inspections and profitability, audit software

The Importance of Inspections for Compliance

It is always disheartening to hear news about various workplace disasters. It is also during this time that questions begin to arise – question such as what happened, who is to blame, and could...
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, legal compliance, inspection best practices, inspections and profitability

5 Ways to Make Your Workplace Inspection Effective

Regular workplace inspections are essential in preventing all sorts of incidents, injuries, illnesses, property damages, or loss of revenue. There are some companies out there that for mainly...
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, legal compliance, inspection best practices, inspections and profitability

Why You Should Inspect Cranes More Than You Have To

When I talk to management for companies that use cranes, I always ask, “Do you inspect your cranes?”
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Topics: safety management, legal compliance, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability, vehicle safety

Preparing for IIoT with Technology that Benefits You Now

The so-called “Internet of Things” is changing the way we live. 
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Topics: safety management, inspection software, equipment maintenance, vehicle safety, audit software

Are You Ready For Summer?

 
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Topics: why inspect?, safety awareness, equipment maintenance, vehicle safety, equipment safety

Don't Wait For Problems - Solve Them!

 
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Topics: workplace safety, OSHA, inspections and profitability, safety audits, audit software

If an Inspection Needs to Be Done, Do It!

Audits and inspections keep people safe and help businesses run more efficiently, and so we want to encourage our customers to do more of them … not less.
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Topics: workplace safety, OSHA, inspections and profitability, safety audits, audit software

Safety Regulators Aren’t Playing Around About Workplace Safety

How serious is workplace safety becoming? 
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Topics: workplace safety, OSHA, legal compliance, inspections and profitability, safety audits

A $50 book could save you $50,000

We were recently approached by a municipality looking for inspection checklist books. Something bad had happened, and now they were focusing on inspections.
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Topics: legal compliance, equipment maintenance, vehicle safety, safety audits

If a Workplace Accident Occurs, Do You Have a Defensible Position?

We often talk about “being compliant” because our audit/inspection software and inspection checklist books are designed to keep you compliant with applicable health and safety regulations.
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Topics: legal compliance, inspection software, safety audits, audit software

Telematics Software Isn’t All You Need to Manage Your Vehicles

Telematics software is a powerful tool for fleet management, but it’s not a sufficient solution for managing vehicle inspections.
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Topics: safety management, inspection software, equipment maintenance, vehicle safety, audit software

Using Software for Audits and Inspections: It's Not Rocket Science

Companies that aren’t using software for audits and inspections often cite the following concerns when justifying why they’re still using paper forms: 
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Topics: inspection software, risk assessments

Risky Business

The smaller a company, the riskier its workplace risk. A single serious accident or fine can have a disastrous effect on a small to medium-sized business (SMB) operating on a tight budget.
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Topics: inspection software, risk assessments

Ensuring Health and Safety in Your Business: It’s Your Ass on the Line

When you’re the owner of a small to medium-sized business (SMB), workplace health and safety is extremely personal.
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Topics: inspection software, risk assessments

Is Your Company Ready for Audit/Inspection Software? Download Our Checklist of Considerations

In The Checker blog, we consistently advocate the use of software designed to maximize the value of audits and inspections.  
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection basics, inspection best practices, The Checker history, audit software

A Book For Every Thing

 
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection basics, inspection best practices, equipment maintenance

Roadside Inspections? No Problem

 
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection software, inspection best practices, audit/inspection software

The Role of Inspections in Recovering from Irma, Harvey and Maria

It’s been a terrible, tragic hurricane season for the United States and the Caribbean. With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastating the Caribbean, Texas, Florida, and surrounding areas,...
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Topics: inspection checklists, facility audits, audit/inspection software

Using Software to Mature Your Inspecting Processes

Software is used in virtually every industry to increase efficiency and reduce costs. But many companies are not fully applying the benefits of software to one of their most vital business...
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection software, inspection best practices, audit/inspection software

Observing Workplaces With The Eye of The Checker

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Topics: audit software

Sharing Best-Practice Information to Reduce Audit/Inspection Complexity

You can’t argue against following best practices.
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Topics: inspection software, inspection best practices, audit software

Gaining the Benefits of Audit/Inspection Software: Where Do We Start?

It’s one thing to be aware that using software to transform audit/inspection processes can provide numerous business benefits. It’s quite another thing to actually begin using software to gain...
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Topics: inspection management, inspection best practices, audit software

The Easiest Way to Score Items in an Audit

With basic inspections, a simple pass/fail determination by the inspector is all that’s necessary.
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Topics: risk assessments, audit software

Doing Inspections Isn’t Enough. You Need an Inspection Program.

When we began providing safety consulting and training in the late 1980s, very few companies had a safety manager, or even a safety program to manage.
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Topics: inspection management, inspection best practices, inspections and profitability

Using your audit/inspection program to look ahead.

Audits and inspections aren’t just for complying with regulations or finding out what isn’t safe or operating optimally at the moment.
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Topics: inspection best practices

4 Essential Steps for Implementing Audit/Inspection Software

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Topics: inspection software, inspection best practices, audit software

Implementing Audit/Inspection Software – Part 4: Training & Going Live

In the final blog of this series we will talk about the testing and training elements of implementing audit/inspection software.
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Topics: inspection software, audit software

Implementing Audit/Inspection Software – Part 3: Configuration & Customization

In parts one and two of our Implementing Audit/Inspection Software blog series, we cover the planning and solution design stages. Part 3 starts with systematically working through your Solution...
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Topics: inspection software, inspection best practices, audit software

Implementing Audit/Inspection Software – Part 2: Solution Design

Software-as-a-Service solutions like The Checker are available over the web, with no hosting or installation required, and are quite simple to implement. To ensure the greatest success however...
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Topics: inspection software, audit software

Implementing Audit/Inspection Software – Part 1: Planning & Process

Many people believe they can simply install the software like an app and start inspecting. And from the outside it may seem this is all that is required, in actuality the best and most successful...
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Topics: inspection software, inspection management, audit software

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Implementing Audit / Inspection Software

Choosing to use software to conduct audits and inspections for your business is an easy choice. Implementing it however can be more daunting. To help you, we have summarized what we believe are...
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Topics: inspection software, audit software

Using Standard & Customized Inspection Forms – The Best of Both Worlds

The forms organizations use to conduct audits and inspections are an interesting study.
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Topics: inspection software, audit software, inspection forms

Don't forget about maintenance when implementing audit and inspection software.

  Implementing inspection and audit software impacts many departments in your business. Most organizations remember to consult with operators, safety and management but commonly overlook...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection software, safety audits, audit software

The Right Tools for the Job

  Almost every enterprise uses large bundled software suites for managing business processes. Their broad feature set makes them essential for day-to-day operations but they are not designed nor...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection software, safety audits, audit software

Managing the Human Factor for Inspection & Audit Success

Getting started with inspection and audit software is exciting. Staff in the field love the simplicity, supervisors are able to approve with ease and management feels confident compliance...
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Topics: safety management, inspection software, audit software

Selling Your Boss Inspection & Audit Software

If you are on the front lines, you likely ‘get’ the value of inspection / audit software right away. You probably see it as a no brainer and you are sure your management will jump at the chance...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection software, audit software

How Employer Cash Flow Impacts Workplace Safety - Insurance Journal

Interesting study on how the Financial condition of a Company affects Workplace Safety  More than 3.5 million workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year in the United States, costing an...
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Topics: safety management, legal compliance, risk assessments

4 Success Factors for Moving from Paper Based to Software

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Topics: inspection software, inspection management, audit software

Five Amazing Reasons to Automate Your Inspection and Audit Process

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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management, audit software

What Exactly Is Audit/Inspection Software … And How Can It Help You?

Categorizing software is a tricky business. 
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management, audit software

Improving Audits and Inspections: Walk Before You Run

I’ve written a lot recently about the tremendous potential of audit/inspection software to make audits and inspections more efficient and valuable.
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How to Efficiently Store Audit/Inspection Compliance Information

Safety audits and inspection are about much more than compliance. They keep people safe, help lower maintenance costs, and improve operational efficiency. But the importance of compliance with...
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Topics: safety management, legal compliance, inspection best practices

3 Keys to Preparing for Regulatory Safety Compliance Inspections

Have you ever tried out a restaurant, and before you even order, you form a bad impression?
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Topics: safety management, OSHA, legal compliance

Making a Business Case for Audit/Inspection Software

Compliance and asset maintenance are both critical success factors for businesses. Whether it be safety regulations, environmental regulations, performance standards, or any other business...
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, inspections and profitability, audit software

3 Ways to Motivate Personnel to Do Better Safety Audits and Inspections

Without motivated personnel, the full value of safety audits and inspections will never be gained.
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Topics: safety management, inspection management, inspection best practices

Understanding the Full Value of Audit and Inspection Efficiency

I recently got a call from an employee of one of our customers, and he wasn’t happy.
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Topics: inspection management, inspections and profitability

Six Best Practices for Auditing and Inspecting

Regardless of your organization’s size or the industry you’re in, you can maximize the value of your audits and inspections by following these best practices.
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection basics, inspection best practices, safety audits

Mining Audit and Inspection Data to Guide Business Decisions

Audits and inspections are about ensuring compliance—not only with governmental regulations but also with internal safety and operational standards.
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Topics: inspection software, inspection management, audit software

Inspection Software That Gets Along With Everyone

When we talk with people about using inspection software rather than paper forms to perform their organization’s audits and inspections, they often tell us they’re worried about operating system...
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, audit software

Getting the Most Out of Audit and Inspection Results

Much useful information is contained in the findings of safety audits and inspections.
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Topics: inspection software, inspection management, equipment maintenance, audit software

Workplace Inspections Fulfill Employers’ Responsibility to Employees

For today's blog, we weclome guest blogger Terry Penney, a safety professional, presenter, motivational speaker, and safety program developer.
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Topics: why inspect?, workplace safety, inspection basics, inspection best practices

The Audit and Inspection Information You Need at Your Fingertips … No More, No Less

When companies move from using paper-based audits and inspections to using audit and inspection software, the promised efficiencies often aren’t gained. There are various reasons for this, but at...
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The Foundation of Effective Inspection Software: Notifications and Alerts

Regardless of the industry, no manager or supervisor wants any part of these scenarios:
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Topics: inspection software, inspection management, inspection best practices, audit software

Our Extensive Checklist Library Now Available Online

Inspections and audit checklists simply aren’t effective when they are too generic.
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Topics: checklist design, inspection software, mobile inspections

All the Info You Need, Right at Your Fingertips

Many enterprises understand the importance of diligently inspecting key business assets and processes.
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Topics: inspection software, inspection management, audit software

A Barcode Reader That Does More

When identifying, tracking, and inventorying your company’s assets, barcodes can be your best friend. One scan can reveal a wealth of information about a particular asset. However, using barcodes...
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, audit software

How to Instantly Turn Observations of Problems Into Corrective Actions

Have you ever been walking through your company’s facilities—intent on a task—when you noticed something in need of maintenance attention?
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, audit software

Using Mobile Inspection Software to Facilitate Corrective Actions

If you have responsibility for inspection processes in your organization, we probably don’t need to tell you about the many advantages of using mobile inspection software instead of paper forms for...
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, audit software

"Sorta Right" Isn’t Good Enough for Mobile Inspection Checklists

 “I’d love for all the members of our Joint Safety & Health Committee to have inspection checklists they can use on their tablets to guide them through their monthly walk-through and to instantly...
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, inspection software, mobile inspections

Why Checklists Are Just What the Food Industry Needs

The next time you’re grocery shopping or eating out, be thankful for checklists.
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection checklists

Is It Time to Rise to the Challenge of Adopting Mobile Technology for Inspections?

Do you feel as if your company is missing out on the advantages of mobile technology?
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, inspections and profitability

9 Traits Every Effective Safety Auditor Needs

Not everyone has what it takes to be a good safety auditor.
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Topics: safety management, facility audits, safety audits

How to Begin Gaining the Benefits of The Checker Software

You’re not going to find better software for safety auditing and inspections than The Checker Software.
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management

Take Control of Your Inspections with The Checker Software

Virtually every industry has been affected by the explosion of web and mobile technology. Whether that effect is positive or negative for a business largely depends on how well the enterprise...
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management

Universal Characteristics of Effective Checklists

Where would we be without checklists?
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design

3 Fundamental Steps to Create a Genuine Safety Culture

It’s well-known that organizations with best-in-class safety records have “safety cultures” that encourage safety.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety

Lights, Camera, Safety!

For today's blog, we weclome guest blogger Terry Penney, a safety professional, presenter, motivational speaker, and safety program developer. Safety in the movie/film and television world is...
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Topics: safety management, inspection checklists, checklist design

10 Steps to Develop an Effective Motor Vehicle Safety Program

Motor vehicle safety is one of the most critical aspects of occupational safety for most businesses. You don’t have to operate a huge fleet for it to be vitally important.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, vehicle safety, equipment safety

Our Past, Present, and Future … and Why It Matters To You When Selecting Inspection Checklists

It’s been an exciting couple of years for The Checker. Last year, we marked our 25th year in business. This year, we’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of the debut of our industry-leading...
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, The Checker history

When The Checker Was Born—15 Things Shaping Our World 15 Years Ago

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Topics: The Checker history

The Checker on the Radio

Our president and co-founder, Dave Lefevre, is the featured expert on BiZ Radio Canada’s show, “Dangerous Workplaces.” Use this link to listen: ...
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Topics: safety management, workplace safety, equipment safety

7 Tips for Making a Business Case for Safety

 
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Topics: safety management, workplace safety

The Checker Wins Readers Choice Award from OHS Canada

The results are in, and The Checker has won the “Inspection Checklists Books” category in the latest annual Readers Choice Awards held by OHS Canada.
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design

Review: "The Checklist Manifesto" Nails It

As a long-time proponent of the use of checklists in business, I was thrilled when I recently read The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon, Harvard professor, and best-selling...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection checklists

Overlook the Dangers of Forklift Batteries at Your Own Peril

Battery-powered forklifts—ranging from small pallet forklifts to high-lift trucks—have become increasingly common as technology has advanced. Batteries now run longer, can be recharged more...
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Topics: why inspect?, vehicle safety, batteries, forklift safety

The Checker is a Winner!

 
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Transportation safety news - Electronic logging device rule

Transportation safety news coming by end of fiscal year, FMCSA official says
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Safety assessments should be conducted at least every 3 months, study says

College Station, TX – Annual safety climate assessments are not enough for organizations that want the best possible results, according to a study from Texas A&M University.
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OSHA urges employers, workers to be safe when removing snow

OSHA urges employers, workers to be safe when removing snow
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MIOSHA focuses LEP on wholesaler industry

MIOSHA focuses LEP on wholesaler industry
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MSHA releases tools to help track violations

MSHA releases tools to help track violations
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A Brief Guide for Walkthrough Safety Inspections of Work Areas

For today's blog, we weclome guest blogger Richard Jessup. Richard (a.k.a. Safety Rich) is passionate about protecting workers and has extensive experience in occupational safety.You can learn...
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Topics: safety management, inspection checklists, inspection basics, facility audits

OSHA Proposal Points to the Electronic Future

The future of commercial inspections and safety audits—like so many aspects of business today—is tied into software, mobile technology, and electronic records. As technology improves and...
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Topics: safety management, inspection checklists, inspection software, mobile inspections

Protect Against Fire Risk with Inspection Checklists

Inspection checklists play a vital role in workplace safety, but many people tend to think of them as only for inspecting commercial equipment and vehicles.
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Topics: safety management, inspection checklists, inspection basics

You Have to Enforce Inspection Policies for Them to Succeed

We constantly tout the value of inspections in business, but we always stress that no inspection program will be effective without sufficient buy-in from personnel.
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Topics: inspection basics, inspection management, inspection best practices

The Checker Turns 15!

In the 1990s, our company, Devtra, provided safety training and consulting, with a focus on equipment operations, material handling, inspections, maintenance, and compliance.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, inspection checklists, inspection software

The Business Benefits of Equipment Inspections

In our 25 years of helping businesses improve workplace safety, we’ve observed that companies that regularly conduct equipment inspections are generally more profitable than those that don’t. Yet...
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Topics: why inspect?, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability, equipment safety

Are You Sure Your Business Is Safe Tonight?

If you ask anyone responsible for closing up a business whether they leave the facility secure, they’ll most likely tell you that they do. But can they be positive they’ve done everything they...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection checklists, workplace safety

Four Tips for Wintertime Vehicle Safety

Vehicular accidents are a leading cause of occupational injuries any time of year, but winter heightens the threats.
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Topics: safety management, equipment maintenance, vehicle safety, equipment safety

New Rules Will Change What Must Be Reported to OSHA

All U.S. businesses should be aware of new OSHA incident reporting requirements that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Adjustments of OSHA-notification policies will be necessary to comply with...
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Topics: safety management, OSHA

Checklist: Preparing Your Home for Winter

We’re constantly promoting the use of checklists in business to inspect equipment, facilities, and processes. However, we know that everyone who has need of inspection checklists at work also has a...
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The Money’s Not So Good in the Fix-It Business

Is your company in the fix-it business?
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Small Business Ignore Vehicle Safety at Their Own Peril

“How safe is your fleet?” is a question that’s often met with another question: “What fleet?” A typical small business might have a few work trucks, a car used for sales, an SUV used by a manager,...
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NFPA: Firefighter Injuries Exceeded 65K in 2013

National Safety Council Update More than 65,000 firefighters were injured in the line of duty in 2013, according to a  report  from the National Fire Protection Association.
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U.S. DOT Cites Key Vehicle Safety Improvements

National Safety Council Update TheU.S. Department of Transportation has highlighted its contributions to safety in response to an annual report from the Office of Inspector General that outlined key...
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Small Businesses Don’t Have Small Safety Concerns

I love small business owners. In most cases, they’re extremely hardworking, motivated, and committed to providing the best possible products and services. They’re wonderfully passionate about...
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How to Improve Aerial Lift Safety

Aerial lifts have replaced ladders and scaffolding on many job sites due to their mobility and flexibility. But aerial lifts pose significant safety hazards, and many workers are injured or killed...
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The Good and Bad of Safety’s Relationship to Marketing

Smart companies understand the benefits of a strong safety culture. Being safe increases productivity, lowers costs, and reduces exposure to liability and regulatory fines.
3 min read

Workplace Safety: Make It Personal

Anyone who has responsibility for safety at their company can tell you that policies and procedures aren’t enough to create a workplace that’s as safe as it should be. You can put a solid safety...
2 min read

Inside the Mind of a Safety Pro

When you’re in the business of helping companies improve their safety, you notice things most people don’t. “Safety people” see danger everywhere. Danger is everywhere—but most people aren’t aware...
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Leading a Beneficial Equipment Inspection Program

I often talk about why it’s imperative for personnel to understand the importance of safety inspections. Without that awareness, even the best inspection policies won’t improve safety. You can...
2 min read

5 Benefits of Inspections for the Maintenance Department

Increased safety and compliance aren’t the only benefits of improving inspection processes. The maintenance department also gets a major boost. In relation to maintenance, better inspection...
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Checking the Checkers: Audits Reveal How Well Inspections Are Done

Once you’ve put a strong inspection program in place, how do you know it’s being followed as it should be? Unfortunately, even if you’re using an industry-proven tool such as The Checker...
2 min read

Four Signs of Personnel With the Right Safety Mindset

Let’s face it—no matter how good your safety polices are, the level of safety at your company will ultimately be determined by the attitude of your personnel. Above all, safety is a mindset....
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Topics: safety awareness, workplace safety, equipment safety

Press Release - 25th Anniversary

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What Municipalities Are Missing If They’re Not Using Mobile Inspections

How can municipalities use mobile inspection checklists to improve safety, while also saving time and money?
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Topics: legal compliance, inspection software, mobile inspections, equipment maintenance

Paper Isn't Dead Yet

As the producers of The Checker inspection checklists, we’re extremely excited about the potential for mobile technology to improve inspection processes.
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Topics: inspection checklists, mobile inspections, inspection management

Roadcheck 2014 Makes Its Point

Every year, member agencies of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conduct an important 72-hour enforcement blitz.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety awareness, legal compliance, vehicle safety

Devtra and The Checker: 25 Years Behind Us and Looking to the Future

Devtra was founded in 1989 to provide equipment safety training to help businesses improve workplace safety.
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Topics: safety awareness, workplace safety, mobile inspections, equipment safety

Want to Save Money? Use The Checker

Smart businesses don’t buy a tool unless it’s ultimately going to help the bottom line.

Topics: why inspect?, inspection checklists, videos, inspections and profitability

We’re Ready to Talk Safety This Summer!

August is going to be a busy month for The Checker.
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Topics: workplace safety, mobile inspections

Don’t Play Around with Carbon Monoxide—It Can Ruin Your Fun

I work with businesses to help them improve safety, so I’m well aware that carbon monoxide is a hazard in many workplaces.
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Topics: safety awareness, take safety home

The Problem With Manufacturer and DIY Equipment Inspection Checklists

Do you have a hodgepodge of equipment inspection checklists in your company?
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, inspection basics, inspection best practices

Mobile Inspections and the Hardware Dilemma

The mobile revolution hasn’t quite transformed how workplace inspections are done … yet.
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Topics: inspection checklists, mobile inspections, inspection management, inspection best practices

Five Best Practices for Workplace Risk Assessments

An adage that’s indisputably good sense is to “look before you leap.” Everyone knows it’s risky to jump when you can’t see how you’re going to land.
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Topics: safety management, workplace safety, risk assessments

Video: The Tale of Three-Fingered Joe

Safety in business is nothing new. It’s as old as business itself. After all, safety is rooted in nothing more than our human instinct to protect ourselves.
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Topics: safety awareness, videos, workplace safety, equipment safety

Seven Tips for Taking Safety on Vacation

We recently blogged about the National Safety Council’s efforts in the U.S. to get people to “take safety home” when they leave the workplace. But it’s summertime, and a lot of people are...
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Topics: why inspect?, take safety home

The Checker Hits the Road

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Using Checklists in Equipment-Specific Safety Training

If you want to minimize workplace injuries and their substantial costs, it’s essential to have safety training tailored for each type of equipment your company uses.
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Topics: safety management, inspection checklists, workplace safety, equipment safety

Safety Checklists Aren’t Just for Work

Smart businesses invest the necessary money, put in the required time, and have a real commitment to make their workplaces as safe as possible.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, inspection checklists

Miss Unsafe Brakes 1939

Clad in a skeleton costume, Miss Unsafe Brakes appeared at the 1939 Chicago Auto Show to drive home the importance of car owners keeping their brakes in good repair.

Topics: safety awareness, equipment maintenance, vehicle safety, equipment safety

10 Tips for Maximizing the Value of Safety Committees

Safety committees are an excellent way to improve safety in any organization. When implemented correctly, they take advantage of the collective knowledge of the entire company—particularly the...
3 min read

Topics: safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, equipment safety

3 Steps to Create a Safety Culture

Even with appropriate safety policies in place, if there’s not a genuine safety culture at all levels of a company, there will inevitably be costly (and potentially tragic) safety lapses.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety, equipment safety

Step Up to the Plate With a Strong Business Case for Safety

Very healthy returns on investment (ROI) are possible by investing in safety, according to a recent article in the National Safety Council’s Safety + Health magazine.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness, workplace safety

4 Ways to Manage the Risk of Equipment Failure

Risk management is at the heart of business success. It basically boils down to “protect your backside,” and companies that don’t do that, don’t last long.
2 min read

Topics: why inspect?, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability

Trainers' Tips—How to Properly Inspect Equipment & Vehicles

 Are you training your personnel on how to properly inspect your assets?
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, inspection best practices

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

“Working at an isolation booth, Argonne National Lab” By an unknown photographer, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, January 1967 During the 1960s, fears about cancer lead to calls...

Topics: workplace safety, legal compliance

Commercial Vehicles and the Risks of the Road

According to a May 18 report by The Canadian Press, only one in four commercial vehicles over 4,500 kilograms passed safety inspections during a May inspection blitz in Alberta.
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Topics: why inspect?, legal compliance, inspection management, inspections and profitability, vehicle safety

Want to Be Ready for an OSHA Inspection? Inspect Yourself.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is big on “good faith.”
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Topics: why inspect?, workplace safety, OSHA

5 Reasons Tablets Are the Perfect Tool for Inspections

The majority of businesses still use paper for the bulk of their inspection processes—particularly for routine inspecting such as daily vehicle inspections or equipment safety walkarounds.
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Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management

Protect Your Company by Protecting Drivers

Accidents involving motor vehicles are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States, where more than one in three occupational deaths from 2003 to 2010 involved motor vehicles.
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Topics: why inspect?, workplace safety, vehicle safety

The Value of Better Checklists

Routine inspections can accomplish much more than simply keeping regulators off your back. If they’re done properly, they can lower costs and increase productivity.

Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, videos

Who Uses The Checker?

Since 2000, The Checker inspections checklists have been used for more than 13 million inspections, helping smart companies operate more safely and reduce costs.

Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, videos

10 Critical Items to Inspect on Commercial Trailers

Trailers are used by many companies, and for the same reasons that it’s good business to inspect the vehicles pulling them, it pays to regularly inspect the trailers themselves.
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection best practices, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability

Don't Forget the Power of Propane

After this particularly long winter, it’s getting time to fire up the grill—finally.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety awareness, videos, inspection best practices

Why Choose The Checker

Whenever we're considering a new business solution, we ultimately come to the question: "Will this add value?"

Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, videos, inspections and profitability

10 Ways Vehicle Inspections Increase Profitability

Daily pre-use inspections of commercial vehicles are about much more than inspection compliance.
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection management, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability

Inspections Prevent Hydraulic Failure–Saving Time, Money and Lives.

Many companies continue to overlook the importance of equipment hydraulic systems—despite the significant costs of doing so.
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Topics: why inspect?, equipment maintenance, hydraulic

Lawn Mower Blades Cut Both Ways

It’s the time of the season to break out the lawn mowers!
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, inspection checklists

Lessons Learned from Deadly Hoist Collapse

OSHA recently released a report describing an incident in which a material hoist collapsed, killing a 37-year-old man.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, inspection best practices

Safety Attitudes Are Contagious: Is Yours Worth Catching?

Without question, the most important element in lowering safety-related costs is attitude. For a safety program to work as it should, management and personnel must have the attitude that safety...
2 min read

Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness

The Millionth Bobcat: What Makes Them Unstoppable?

Bobcat Co. will manufacture its millionth Bobcat loader in 2014, and the company is celebrating.
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Topics: why inspect?, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability

Avoid the Summertime Blues: Train Summer Workers in Safety

Summer is just around the corner, and with it will come students looking for temporary work or internships. Many companies wisely take advantage of this seasonal opportunity.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, inspection checklists, inspection management

Before You Accept It, Inspect It

Not long ago, I visited the warehouse of a chemical manufacturer to give some safety training. They are a company that very much understands the importance of inspecting the chemicals delivered...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection basics, inspection best practices

Inspection Checklists: What's in a Name?

When explaining what The Checker can do, we often find it difficult to decide the right terms to use.
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, inspection basics

Forgetting to Inspect Can Leave You Stuck in the Cold

Old Man Winter hasn’t been in a friendly mood this year. All over North America, it’s been an unusually bitter winter, filled with powerful storms that have knocked out power.
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection basics, inspection best practices, equipment maintenance

It's Easy to Get Started with The Checker Mobile

Think of every audit, inspection, or assessment that you’re now doing on paper. Would you like to be able to do them on mobile devices?
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Topics: inspection checklists, inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management

Why SCBAs Are More Important Than Ever

Thirty years ago, firefighters who wore a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) into a fire were considered wimps.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, inspection checklists

Will Workplaces Be Safer in 2014?

Looking back at the news of 2013, it’s easy to have a bad feeling about workplace safety in 2014.
2 min read

Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, inspections and profitability

Are Your Electronic Inspections Handyman’s Specials?

In real estate, “it’s a handyman’s special” is a polite way of saying “that house is a dump.” In other words, it’s only a deal if you’re “handy” enough to fix it up. But we know how most...
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, inspection software, mobile inspections

Keep Fingers and Hands Safe: Practice Snowblower Safety

Each year, hundreds of people suffer maiming or amputations of their fingers or hands due to the improper handling of snowblowers.
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Topics: safety management, safety awareness

Four-wheel drive Safety Tip

Getting Buy-In to Your Inspection Program

To guide and document their inspections and audits, many companies create their own checklists—often nothing more than copied sheets of paper stapled together.
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Topics: inspection checklists, checklist design, inspection management, inspection best practices

What Crane Inspections are required by OSHA Standards?

Topics: inspection checklists, inspection basics

The Checker Isn't Just for Inspecting Equipment

The Checker began as checklist books primarily used for equipment inspections—vehicles, forklifts, cranes, and other heavy commercial equipment.
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Topics: inspection checklists, mobile inspections, inspection basics

The Checker and Tablets: A Perfect Marriage

You know those pilots you’ve seen over the years in airports lugging around their suitcase-looking flight bags? Inside were all the operating manuals and navigational charts the pilot needed to...
2 min read

Topics: inspection software, mobile inspections, inspection management

Determining Inspection Schedules for Your Company

“How often should we inspect?”
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, inspection management, inspections and profitability

Be a Safety Superhero

As usual in the movie industry these days, superhero movies have been plentiful in 2013. Superman, Thor, Wolverine, and Iron Man were all on the big-screen being good guys and saving lives.
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Topics: why inspect?, safety management, safety awareness, inspection checklists

Thanks, Perfectionist Pete!

On almost every job site, there’s a Perfectionist Pete.
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection management, equipment maintenance, inspections and profitability

Doing Inspections Right: The Checklist You Use Matters

Inspection checklists can strengthen a company’s safety program—but only if they actually get used and have enough detail to ensure adequate inspections are being done for each type of equipment.
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Topics: checklist design, inspection basics, inspection management

DVIR laws are changing...What does it mean for you?

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a rule change to reduce the documentation required for commercial vehicle inspections.
3 min read

Topics: why inspect?, legal compliance, inspection management

The Role of Equipment Inspections in Maintenance

Anyone tasked with maintenance responsibility at a company should be championing equipment inspections as hard as they can. That’s because equipment inspections, when done regularly and properly,...
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Topics: why inspect?, inspection management, equipment maintenance

The Reality of Safety in the Field

When asked about safety, almost every company will say, “Yeah, for sure, we’re safe.” But anyone who’s been around actual equipment operations in the field knows that’s not always the reality.
3 min read

Topics: why inspect?, inspection basics, inspection management

Check It Before You Use It!

Commercial equipment isn’t the only type of equipment that needs inspecting. Anyone who lives where inspections of personal vehicles are mandatory can attest to that.
2 min read

Topics: why inspect?, legal compliance, inspection basics

The Payoff of Equipment Inspections

At many companies, the primary reason for doing equipment inspections is because they’re legally required, as is the case for commercial vehicle inspections. And since compliance is the...
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Topics: why inspect?, legal compliance, inspection management

Are You Doing Safety Inspections Right or Making Excuses?

When we’re demonstrating The Checker at trade shows, we like to ask safety, maintenance, and operations managers about their organization’s attitude toward commercial equipment inspections.
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Topics: why inspect?, legal compliance, inspection management

Are all your Brake Lights working?

It seems alot of vehicles have burnt out lights. Everyday i am behind a vehicle with 1 or 2 lights out.  Tonight it was 2 burnt out brake lights.  They only have one brake light left and i am sure...
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Agencies Cracking Down on Daily Vehicle Inspection Reports

Operators of commercial vehicles are facing increased pressure from regulatory agencies to comply with Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) requirements.
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Topics: legal compliance, mobile inspections, inspection management

The Power of Checklists

If your company’s attitude toward inspecting equipment is that it’s a necessary evil, then your inspections probably are a waste of time, other than providing documentation to cover legal and...
2 min read

Topics: why inspect?, checklist design, inspection management

What Is an Inspection Checklist?

An inspection checklist, when used properly, is an assurance that a particular piece of equipment has been inspected. As each item on the checklist is ticked off, the person doing the inspection...
2 min read

Topics: why inspect?, checklist design, inspection basics

Are "e-inspections" Legally Compliant?

Most companies and their commercial vehicle operators are familiar with the legal requirement that each driver inspect their commercial vehicle each day.
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Topics: legal compliance, inspection software, mobile inspections

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