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Equipment Maintenance Disasters

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The most common cause of equipment disasters are a lack of proper maintenance. Many different things can cause this, but the root cause is that companies don’t invest in the right tools and procedures to maintain their equipment properly.

Improper Maintenance Procedures

The most common mistakes that companies make when it comes to maintenance procedures are:

Poor communication is a massive issue for many companies because employees can’t do their jobs effectively if they don’t know what’s expected of them. Employees need clear instructions on what they’re supposed to do to complete their tasks successfully; otherwise, they’re just guessing what’s expected from them. When there isn’t a good flow of information between departments and employees, it’s impossible to get anything done right.

Lack of training is another problem because employees who don’t know how to do their jobs won’t be able to perform tasks correctly or efficiently. This not only wastes time but also creates an unsafe environment for both employees and customers.

Lack of documentation can lead to confusion about what needs to be done and when it should be done by—which makes it difficult for employees to keep track of their workloads and stay on top of deadlines without falling behind schedule or getting overwhelmed with workloads.

If there is no one ensuring that maintenance procedures are being followed – supervising– there will be no accountability for what happens. This can result in missed or incomplete tasks, leading to equipment failure and injury.

Lack of accountability can also lead to equipment failure and injury. Suppose no one ensures that those responsible for maintaining equipment correctly perform their duties. In that case, those who do not perform well will continue to do so without consequence.

Risky Equipment/Lack of Training

One of the biggest causes of equipment maintenance disasters is risky equipment/lack of training. If you operate equipment that you don’t understand, it can cause a lot of damage and injury.

The best way to avoid these situations is by ensuring your employees are regularly trained on how to use all the different types of machines in your facility. You should also ensure that everyone has adequate insurance coverage so that if something goes wrong with one machine or tool, they’ll still be able to pay their bills while waiting for repairs or replacement parts.

Business Interruption

First, you will lose revenue. If you cannot make your product or service available to customers, they will go elsewhere. Customers are fickle; if they find something better, they’ll switch to it. Even if you can still provide the same product or service but at a higher cost due to lost productivity and/or equipment downtime, customers may choose not to buy from you anymore because of how expensive it is now compared with other options.

Second, you’ll lose customers’ trust by not being able to deliver your promises on time (assuming this often happens). People want their products delivered on time, so they can use them when expected and continue producing successful businesses of their own—or whatever else keeps them coming back for more! Without these repeat orders from existing clients who’ve become loyal fans over time thanks to trustworthiness & reliability, businesses like yours would have no reason left to be standing firm in today’s marketplace…aside from maybe one thing: customer loyalty!

Injured Worker

Safety is a top priority for companies and employees. Companies should follow all safety procedures to ensure the well-being of their employees. If a company does not follow health and safety procedures, they risk fines, investigations, and lawsuits.

OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has strict regulations on how companies should provide health and safety training to their employees. It is required that all workers understand the hazards associated with their job, as well as what they can do to protect themselves while on the job. This includes knowing how to use equipment safely, how to handle dangerous substances, how to secure machinery in case of an accident or emergency, etcetera.

The OSHA website has information about specific requirements for each industry (construction, manufacturing), but there are also general rules that apply across all industries:

1) Lock out / tag out any machinery when repairs are being made. When it comes to lock out/tag out procedures, they ensure that your employees are safe while working on machinery. The workers must always lock out the machine before starting work on it and tag them when they finish working on it. This ensures that no one can start working on the machine while someone else is still working on it.

2) Use fall protection when working above ground level – this prevents falls from heights where serious injury could occur if precautions aren’t taken.

Injured workers can be a significant threat to your business. They not only cost you money but can also cause you to lose customers and time.

For example, if a maintenance technician is injured on the job, he may have difficulty working if he is permanently disabled by accident. This could lead to lost money because they are unable to use their injured limb/hands as well as they used to, which could impact their ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.

It may also mean that other employees have more work on their plate because one of their co-workers is injured, leading them to fall behind schedule on projects where deadlines are critical. In addition, injured workers might need additional medical treatment following an accident, resulting in more costs for insurance companies.

Lawsuit or Fines

If you’re working in the industrial industry, you might relate with the fact that OSHA is always on your mind. You might even be thinking about how to avoid getting slapped with a hefty fine or lawsuit for not following their regulations.

We’ve got you covered! Here are some tips for keeping your company out of trouble:

  1. Make sure all employees get the training they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
  2. Make sure your employees are using the equipment correctly and safely, and make sure it’s still in good working order.
  3. Don’t leave anything lying around that could cause an accident—make sure everything’s put away when it’s not being used.

Lawsuits and fines are expensive, and they’re only going to get more expensive.

Why risk it?

A Comperized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) can help you avoid all of that. It records all your equipment information in one place, so it’s easy to maintain and keep track of. Plus, if something happens, you know where to look for the information you need to defend yourself in court or at the table with regulators.

Preventing disasters like these is one of the biggest reasons to invest in a CMMS
Benefits of a CMMS. Source: Proptech Zone, 2020

A good maintenance management system will help you keep track of your equipment, prevent failures and downtime, and ultimately save money.

One of the things we hear all the time is that it’s hard to budget for maintenance when you don’t know when it needs to happen. A good CMMS can help you with that by tracking your equipment, keeping records to see how much money has been spent on repairs, and alerting you when something needs attention. It also allows you to schedule preventative maintenance so that things don’t break down at critical times—and if they do, someone knows exactly what needs to be done right away.

The best part about this is that it improves safety for everyone involved—not just employees but also customers who may be visiting your business during an emergency shutdown or outage caused by equipment failure.

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of running your business and forget about everything that goes into making sure your equipment is ready to use every time you need it. The risk associated with not maintaining your machines can be astronomical and something that should not be tempted. If you are keen on learning how Proteus CMMS can benefit you and your organization, feel free to book a free demo or contact us via email at steve@eaglecmms.com.

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