Manage a Factory? 4 Heavy-Machinery Safety Strategies

Heavy-machinery accidents are every factory owner’s nightmare. Injuries can cause lost time, increased expenses, and immeasurable loss to an employee who is injured. By creating and enacting a safety plan, however, you ensure that your company takes all steps possible to prevent an accident from happening. 

Schedule Employee Safety Training 

A lack of safety training won’t just cause more accidents; it will also cost more in terms of both time and budget. To prevent this, make sure that each of your employees is given time in their work schedule to receive proper safety training. New hires shouldn’t enter the worksite until they’ve been completely briefed on your company’s procedures. It’s easy to become comfortable with a specific piece of equipment and find yourself cutting corners, so make sure that your long-term associates are receiving updated training as well. 

Conduct Routine Machine Inspections 

Not all accidents are caused by human error; many are caused by improperly maintained equipment. As part of your workplace routine, make sure that your employees conduct regular inspections on all company machinery. A clogged filter or loose screw can easily cause an entire piece of equipment to fail if it’s not noticed in time. A piece of machinery that’s about to fail will often show signs—a direct drive rotary air compressor, for instance, will start overheating and vibrating before it completely stops working—but regular checkups will help prevent problems from reaching that point. 

Follow Consistent Safety Policies and Procedures 

A good way to make sure your employees follow proper safety procedures is to keep your procedures consistent. Each piece of machinery should have a maintenance checklist that is followed for every inspection. Likewise, each type of equipment should have its own proper operating procedure, which employees should be required to follow every time the machine is in use. 

Following procedure to the letter can seem like a time-waster, but that extra time spent will greatly reduce the risk of an actual accident. Depending on your workplace, you may also need to implement safety policies for entering and leaving the worksite. Make sure everyone takes the time to do things right; an extra few seconds on the clock is always significantly cheaper than the cost of an incident. 

Maintain Personal Protective Equipment 

Employees need the right tools and safety gear in order to perform their jobs without incident. Make sure every staff member has access to eye, ear, and skin protection appropriate for their position. Monthly safety inspections should also cover personal equipment; a loose strap or cracked pair of goggles could result in a problem later on. 

Your employees are counting on you to provide them with a safe, reliable work environment. Enact a solid safety policy and stick to it; if an accident does happen, your company will be more than prepared.