Equipment inspections shouldn’t be viewed as a burden. They’re an opportunity to reduce costs, improve productivity, and gain an important competitive advantage.
Safety Inspections ensure that all equipment is safe before use. Of course, the primary purpose of safety is the well-being of employees, but there are also compelling business reasons for using equipment inspections to increase safety.
- Workplace injuries lower productivity due to lost work time.
- Workplace injuries result in costly workers compensation claims.
- A record of regular, properly conducted inspections provides liability protection and due diligence.
- Failure to conduct equipment inspections as required by law can result in fines and extreme liability exposure.
Inspections and maintenance go hand-in-hand, with regular inspections invariably driving down maintenance costs.
- Inspections reveal problems early, when they’re still relatively easy and inexpensive to fix.
- Improperly working equipment isn’t used and damaged even more.
- Equipment abuse is discouraged by regular inspections that can pinpoint when damage was done—the idea will take hold among employees that “you own the problem” if an inspection isn’t done and an issue is overlooked.
- Using inspection records, maintenance managers can identify and correct repeated problems and issues.
Inspections help management make key decisions, control costs, and protect the company.
- Inspections help prevent accidents and provide evidence of due diligence for liability protection.
- Equipment downtime can be reliably predicted, allowing for more-accurate budgeting and intelligent equipment scheduling strategies to minimize productivity losses.
- Inspections help determine necessary frequency of maintenance.
- Inspection histories shed light on the quality of equipment, enabling smarter equipment procurement.