Safety

Do you know who has access to maintenance department equipment? It might seem fine to let Joe from ACME Electric use your conduit bender.

Do you know who has access to maintenance department equipment? It might seem fine to let Joe from ACME Electric use your conduit bender. After all, your company has a long and beneficial relationship with ACME.

But what if another contractor assumes your company has an open use policy? Carl’s never seen a conduit bender before and thinks it’s perfect for bending pieces of rebar. Joe’s been running EMT and the bender is set up for this thin tubing. Carl bends a length of rebar and walks off. Joe comes by a few minutes later to bend a stick of EMT and is injured when the cracked shoe shatters.

To prevent misuse, damage, and even theft, establish a control system for all equipment other than personal tools. For portable items, the traditional tool crib is a good solution. If you can’t afford a full-time attendant, consider using a self-checkout system.

You can automate self-checkout with bar codes. Use this same system for non-portable items or for the keys to those items (e.g., padlock on that bender). Use it to cure "lost ladder syndrome."

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