Something as simple as a malfunctioning horn or faulty brakes on a piece of heavy equipment could lead to fatalities or life-changing injuries for workers on an active worksite. That, or costly repairs from a collision.
It’s always better to get ahead of things in life and the same is true for a fleet of heavy equipment.
If you’re managing an equipment fleet, a formal pre-use equipment inspection program is required to make sure operators know what parts to inspect on specific types of equipment.
Whether it’s forklifts, cranes, or bulldozers, ensuring the equipment is safe and in good working condition prior to operation helps mitigate safety risks during operation. Providing your operators with an equipment-specific pre-use inspection checklist will help streamline inspections and ensure all major components are checked prior to use.
One of the challenges of this is when companies use paper pre-use equipment inspection forms because it can be difficult to know if the inspections are current or if an operator has even done them at all.
How do you know the inspections are being completed?
PRE TRIP INSPECTION
Never Rely on An Out-of-Date Paper Inspection Form Again
Digitize your paperwork and immediately get data to the back office with Titan GPS FieldDocs Pre- and Post-trip Inspections. Get instant access to inspection reports, verify your drivers complete all necessary forms in real-time, and ensure damaged vehicles are fixed before they are driven. NSC Standard 13 and CFR §396.11 compliant.
Not all supervisors have enough time to look for the piece of paper every day to ensure a pre-use inspection is completed or to know if the equipment is nearing its scheduled maintenance.
Moving your equipment inspections to Titan GPS FieldDocs will give management full visibility on the completion of the pre-use and post-use inspections, and ensures equipment is scheduled for routine maintenance before it starts to fail due to neglect. A successful pre- and post-use inspection program will help identify early warning signals of faulty parts before a costly breakdown.
Top 5 benefits of successful pre- and post-use inspections
Detect Issues Before They Become Costlier
Make sure equipment problems are noticed early so they get fixed before it becomes a safety hazard. This will also reduce repair costs and minimize equipment downtime. When done regularly and properly, regular equipment inspections can reduce maintenance costs.
Keeps Personnel Accountable
Having personnel conduct pre- and post-use inspections will help identify operators misusing equipment. Moreover, requiring operators to conduct inspections makes them accountable for the equipment because they know the daily operational expectations.
Lower Risk of Workplace Injuries
A malfunctioning horn or deficient brakes on a piece of heavy equipment could lead to a collision or other types of damage. This could lead to an injury or death on an active worksite. Regular pre- and post-use inspections are vital for preventative safety measures for you and your employees.
Mitigate Equipment Failure
Damaged equipment can lower productivity. If your equipment fails on a project, workflow gets interrupted and often comes to a halt and waiting to repair damaged equipment or bringing in a replacement will take time and resources. Equipment damage is usually due to one of the following failures:
- Thermally-induced failure- Machinery gets too hot, operating in extreme conditions, can cause overheating and breakdown.
- Mechanically induced failure- Often happens when operators fail to take care of the mechanical parts of the machine. Having a solid pre-use and post use inspections program tied in with your scheduled maintenance program is the key to reducing these failures
- Erratic failure- These are the worst kinds of failures; your equipment works perfectly fine one minute then suddenly stops. Unfortunately, these failures can’t be prevented as they tend to happen randomly and without warning.
Increase the Life Span of Your Equipment
Machinery is a costly investment, and once you buy it, its value begins to plummet. Vibration, shock, high temperatures, friction, and aging all lead to erosion of heavy equipment over time. Regularly monitoring these impacts will ensure the equipment ages at the right pace.
What Should You Have on Your Inspection Checklist?
OSHA requirements are dependent on the types of equipment you are using, but generally, your daily inspection program should include some of the following checkpoints:
- Roll-over protection structures, including seatbelts
- Gauges and lights
- Engine performance
- Safety features such as deflectors and sweeps
- Steering components
- Brake systems
- Exhaust system
- Cooling system
- Fan belts
- Engine support
Titan GPS Equipment Inspection
By adopting Titan GPS as your equipment inspection software provider, your fleet will be protected by the U.S and Canada’s leader in safety and reporting. Equipment maintenance through our suggested inspection reports, thorough inspection checklists, and safe operation guidelines will guarantee that the safety devices in your fleet are on par with industry standards, without becoming a nuisance in your day-to-day productivity.