Friday, November 1, 2013

Safety tip-replace that broken tool

Safety tip-replace that broken tool

In today’s residential construction industry safety is more important than it has ever been before. The simple practises of working safe are the ones that keep people the safest and allow them to do their jobs without the fear of being hurt. The tools workers use today are made to a very high safety standard, they only work that way if they are complete with all of their parts and nothing is broken or unmaintained.

Every company should have a system to track their tools maintenance, abuse and repairs. It doesn’t have to be a very complicated system; if you work for a small company then the system could be as simple as informing the guy in charge that the tool that you are using is not working properly and having them remove it until it is fixed. Larger companies will use computer systems to track all their tools; this will help them tell what tools have been used excessively and what tools need maintenance or immediate repairs.

Sometimes a tool might function properly but might need to be repaired anyways so that it doesn’t turn into a safety concern. A prime example are the cords on corded power tools, if they before frayed and start to have the wires exposed the tool would still operate but if the tool cord ends up in any kind of water then you could have a worker electrocuted or even start an electrical fire.

Whoever is in charge of the job site, it is their responsibility to make sure that all the tools that are in the work site are safe to use. Job site supervisors are the first line of defence when it comes to making sure that the men working around them are doing it safely and with tools and equipment that are regularly maintained and in good working order.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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