Close to 5000 workplace-related injuries were reported by the Bureau of Labor in 2016. About 40% of these related to heavy equipment in the transport industry. Heavy equipment and vehicles accounted for a lot of injuries and fatalities in the past as well. Although not a direct cause of death, getting hit by components or parts of a moving heavy equipment, falling from heights or getting electrocuted are some of the dangers of heavy equipment.
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Prevent workplace injuries
According to OSHA or Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 20% of on-the-job fatalities were in the construction industry. The leading cause of fatalities was due to falls or getting struck by equipment used in construction among others. The OSHA conducts courses for operators on heavy equipment operations including forklifts.
Training related to heavy equipment, the kind of work, and the location of the work is also conducted by OSHA. These are to ensure that the safety of workers using heavy equipment is not compromised.
Meet safety regulations with regular inventory tracking
As a heavy equipment business owner, you need to meet the OSHA standards for certification. Many aspects of a heavy equipment need to meet the specifications of OSHA such as stairways, ladders, hoist, trolley, electrical parts, cab and its lighting, warning devices and others.
Heavy equipment such as cranes carry heavy loads and there could be increased wear and tear, compromising safety while also running the risk of not meeting the regulations.
Regular inspections are critical to ensure safety at workplace and to minimize risks of down-times due to equipment breakdown. Routine tracking of components will help attend to malfunctioning parts in time before an accident or injury can occur. This saves time and cost of dealing with an unfortunate workplace-related injury.
QR codes and cloud software to help with equipment maintenance
An ideal way to carry out inventory tracking of all your heavy equipment is to use GoCodes QR codes and cloud software. With easy to generate customizable QR codes, you can give a unique identity number to each component, big or small. GoCodes also offers free QR scanning app which you can download easily on any smartphone with Android or iOS platform.
Begin making your comprehensive inventory with just a wave of the smartphone on the QR label. Enter, update, and review each component on a daily or weekly basis to ensure they meet safety regulations. You can get alerts on maintenance schedules if any due and the history of performance of any equipment. This not only lets you prevent any malfunctions but also lets you plan how to optimize the use of each equipment.
GoCodes helps you improve return on investment
Regular asset tracking and inventory tracking also lets you know if any particular component of the hoist is idle for any length of time. To meet safety regulations, these components can then be thoroughly inspected at regular intervals to ensure they are in optimum condition.
Whatever the equipment you own, forklifts, cranes, bulldozers, crawlers or diggers, they are major investments you have made. With smart and automated equipment and asset tracking solutions with GoCodes, you can get real-time information on idle time, theft, engine hours, alerts on maintenance or unauthorized use. This, in turn, helps you optimize your return on investment while also ensuring you meet safety regulations at all times.