For many, lockout and electrical safety is something that is taken for granted. Everyone expects they can go into work, do their job, and return home safely at the end of the day. But what many people don’t realize is how big of an undertaking it is to ensure the workplace is safe and up to code. It’s more than just implementing an effective lockout or electrical safety program, it’s creating a system of audits, training, inspections and procedures to ensure the program you implemented is effective and up-to-date. Being up-to-date is key.
From the time a person sets foot on your property to the time they leave, their safety is your responsibility. But safety programs not only protect your employees and visitors; they also protect your bottom line. The National Safety Council estimated that work-related deaths and injuries cost the nation, employers, and individuals $151 billion in 2016. That includes workers’ compensation claims, OSHA fines, lawsuits, equipment damage, and the cost of lost productivity, and hiring and training replacement workers.
Flooding can happen on your property; it is inevitable that something will go wrong. Since one property management report suggests that more than 14,000 people a day in the U.S. experience water damage-related issues, it is fair to say that you are going to want the right equipment to deal with water and flooding. Repair and restoration are not easy, and to do it right you’ll need a selection of tools on hand that are best-suited for the work.
As fun as they look to operate, forklifts are a serious workplace hazard. OSHA estimates that there are 110,000 forklift accidents each year and that an American worker is killed in a forklift-related accident every three days. There’s no question that the human costs are high, but forklift accidents hurt financially, too. According to the National Safety Council, these accidents cost employers an average of $48,000 per work-related disabling injury and $1.39 million per death.