Asset inspections are a vital business function in virtually any industry (profit, nonprofit, or governmental). Nonetheless, some organizations consistently undervalue them. They inspect key operational assets too infrequently and/or poorly, or they don’t do it at all.

This neglect inevitably results in asset damages, work interruptions, injuries, and even lawsuits—all of which could have been avoided with a strong inspection program championed and enforced by upper management and safety leaders throughout the organization.

What are the benefits of committed, proactive inspection management of this sort?

1.  Frequent inspections ensure your assets are working as close to 100% efficiency as possible.

Performing inspections irregularly cannot achieve the same results and increases the chances of an accident, breakdown, or outright failure damaging or possibly ruining an asset.

2.  The more-regularly you inspect an asset, the more problems you will catch before they become costlier.

Just because your personnel conduct a thorough inspection and prove an asset is functional and safe at that time, it doesn't mean the asset will remain that way. A lot can happen in a short period. However, by inspecting regularly, you'll better identify worsening or potential issues before they disrupt operations and result in much-higher repair/replacement expense.

3.  Regular inspections keep people safe.

The larger an organization, the more equipment, vehicles, and other assets its personnel use,  the more personnel are employed on various tasks in different shifts, and the likelier that people outside the organization can be negatively impacted by an asset malfunction. But even in mid-sized and smaller companies, it pays off to have an organized system of frequent, thorough inspections that constantly check for problems that can lead to catastrophe.


By performing frequent inspections, you will ensure assets are functioning as efficiently as they should, keep asset failures from hurting the bottom line, and protect your personnel and the public from harm.

The Checker is fully aware of how important  inspections are and how beneficial they are for a company like yours. That’s why we designed The Checker checklist books and The Checker Software to help with inspection management. Take a look at these solutions: you won’t be disappointed.

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