Broken equipment and injured operators can run up hefty fees for repairs, medical bills, and even litigation. In seeking ways to control company costs, work on training and empowering employees with the right skills for the job. This process will not only make their jobs easier and maintain your company reputation, but it will provide additional benefits to you and your company also.
1) Lower the fuel bill
Proper operating techniques, limited idle time, and route mapping can assist in lowering fuel costs. Make sure your equipment operators understand these skills and can plan accordingly for optimum fuel use.
2) Reduce equipment stress
Improper handling of equipment can result in equipment failure, injury, or death. Overloaded trailers or trucks can produce too much stress on the equipment, thus impacting the longevity of the tires, engine, and transmission.
3) Check equipment daily
Each operator should be required to do a daily inspection of his equipment prior to operating it. Be alert for unusual noises, broken tail lights, and any changes in performance. Report any issues so they can be resolved quickly and cost-effectively.
Stay engaged with your operators. Continue training each of them and find ways to reduce accident risks and injuries. Maintain your equipment and keep it running properly. These combined approaches will help ensure you and your workers are safe and efficient.
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