Workers should not only be assured that they will be accommodated by the safest environments possible at their jobsite, which provides the best and most efficient equipment available to them. This includes personal protective equipment and tools used during the hours on the job. The difference that reliable equipment can make, compared to equipment that is not kept up with and ignored, can mean possible risks for workers and a decrease to performance and efficiency during work hours.
A safe environment means not only means the equipment should be undamaged and cleaned daily to decrease the risk of malfunctions, but if wearable, the equipment should fit a worker without being too tight or too loose which could affect the usage. Before each shift, both employers and employees should make sure to check that the equipment is not damaged, worn or frayed. If a piece of equipment is found to not be proper working order, it should be taken out of use until it is repaired or replaced.
With unkept equipment, there are more hazards for the employee. There are higher chances the equipment may stop working, break, malfunction, etc. This can result in possible injuries of employees or possible errors on the job. Both are negative to the company, but worker safety should come first when accessing the necessary equipment.
Workers should also be provided with adequate training to teach them how to properly use any equipment they need to complete their job. Depending on the job environment, there are many different tools that can be used, and the inability to use the tools provided can cause risk to coworkers and risk to one’s self.
There are also times that come when equipment may not be fixable and must be scrapped and replaced by new pieces. It can be more costly to replace old equipment than repair it, but if the equipment isn’t as new as it used to be the best course of action would be to get rid of the old and bring in the new.
No matter how big the equipment is, the slightest damage can majorly affect what the outcome is. At the end of the day, your workers should be promised the most trusted equipment for their use without having to worry about any issues taking place.
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