4th August, 2014

Preventative action reduces risks with machinery and equipment

When you are operating a range of different manufacturing equipment, there are many factors which need to be considered if you want it to be running efficiently. Having your machinery operating effectively is essential, not only for keeping maintenance costs down, but also for ensuring that your projects come in on time and on budget.

Of course, machinery and equipment insurance is a good place to start, with this ensuring you are covered against events like theft. However, it is also worth thinking about how you can prevent these problems from arising in the first place.

Trying to predict ahead of time when problems are going to occur can be a difficult process. However, there are also clear benefits to come from taking these steps. For your machinery and equipment, think about ways that this equipment might be exposed to different risks.

For example, when it comes to theft and vandalism, knowing what factors can make your machinery vulnerable will help you to take steps to minimise the chances of these happening. Carrying out a risk assessment is the first step towards predicting any hazards faced in your workplace.

Another aspect to keeping your equipment safe is to think about the staff who are using it. Badly maintained equipment is a risk to your employees and could leave you with heavy worker compensation costs.

Undertaking a predictive maintenance plan can help you minimise these dangers, ensuring that any work carried out on site is not at risk from faulty machinery. A good predictive maintenance plan will regularly review the condition of your machinery and using this information to predict servicing issues before they occur.

Taking the time to keep both your machinery and staff safe is an easy way to ensure that your business is operating at peak efficiency and that any risks are minimised.

Author: Murray Bruce