Why Equipment Maintenance Matters in Construction
When it comes to workplace equipment regular and correct maintenance is essential for both safety and productivity. At the first sign of a problem it may be tempting to ignore it in the hope that it will fix itself. This is short sighted and dangerous. There are so many benefits to be derived from making sure all working equipment is in good condition and running correctly at all times.
Well-maintained equipment is equipment that works well, this not only increases productivity but also decreases the likelihood of accidents in the workplace, a major consideration for site managers and supervisors. It’s also the case that should an accident occur, any investigation will need to look closely at the equipment involved and, if it’s determined that regular maintenance has been neglected, this could lead to the responsible person being charged with a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
- IMPROVED SAFETY – Faulty equipment is a potential hazard and could cause an accident. Even seemingly minor faults can lead to a worker being injured which could lead to hospital treatment, time off work and even a costly compensation claim.
- INCREASED COST EFFECTIVENESS – While it may be tempting to save money by ignoring a minor fault, it’s likely to develop into a more serious and more expensive repair if not dealt with immediately. If the fault causes an accidents, as mentioned above, a compensation claim could raise cost of the damage dramatically.
- COMPLIANCE TO LEGISLATION – Workplace equipment is covered by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and places obligations on both employers and employees to make sure that equipment is suitable for the task at hand, well maintained and able to be used without risk.
- INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY – Keeping equipment in good working order reduces the risk of potential downtime when things go wrong. Equipment that is out of action leads to a sharp drop in productivity levels and affect overall profits.
- IMPROVED EMPLOYEE MORALE – when the members of the workforce can see that management are looking after their health, safety and wellbeing and providing them with the right tools for the job (and in good working order), they will feel more valued. This increased sense of self-worth lead to a happier, more productive workforce. Employees that are constantly struggling with faulty equipment and breakdowns are likely to fall behind schedule and become disheartened and disillusioned. Regular checking is the best way to avoid unwanted breakdown of equipment.
Outlined above are five compelling reasons to always make sure that equipment is checked on a regular basis and that faults are dealt with as soon as they are noticed or discovered. Putting it off is basically a waste of both time and money in the long run.