In the concrete industry, just as with any other industry, safety should be your primary concern. You need to protect your employees from industrial accidents.
Protecting your employees is important first of all because you simply don’t want people to get hurt! That’s not what your business is about. Secondly, you should work to protect your employees from accidents in your concrete batching plant(su planta de concreto) because injured workers can seek out benefits through Worker’s Compensation and other litigation avenues. This can be very expensive.
It is cheaper for the company to make sure the proper safety steps are being taken in advance than to deal with the fallout of a major emergency or accident. Not only do you have to consider the immediate costs of the injury, but you have to be prepared for loss of business due to bad press if your company is painted poorly by the media.
Safety concerns are especially important with a fully automatic concrete batching plant because the equipment, as you would expect based on the name, is fully automatic. It won’t stop just because a person’s hand or head or hair is in the way like a manually operated piece of machinery would.
Protecting your employees begins with making sure that everyone working with the equipment is properly trained. They need to know where it is safe to put their hands and where they should stand while operating the equipment. Everyone working near the equipment should have access to the automatic shutoffs, which should be clearly marked. When someone starts working for you in the concrete batching plant, they should be shown where these shut-offs are, as well as the location of any other pieces of safety equipment.
You should also ensure that your employees have access to and are using any necessary Personal Protective Equipment. OSHA requires certain types of PPE depending on the work environment: ear protection for high noise areas, gloves for those touching hot or rough surfaces, goggles for anyone working near potential flying debris, face masks for those working around dust or chemicals, and more. Not only is it unsafe to have your employees working without proper gear, you could face a fine from OSHA.
Make sure your building is up to code for the equipment that you’re using. You’ll need appropriate ventilation for dust, for example, and a way to let off excess heat. The plant will need fire exits in case of an emergency, and battery powered lighting in case of a power outage. These things should all be considered before you have the automatic concrete batching equipment(la completamente automática planta de concreto ) moved in, since it will be more difficult to make structural changes to the building afterward.
“Safety first”(“Seguridad primero“) should be the watchword for every industry, but it’s not just a catchphrase. Don’t waste time talking about safety; instead, make the preparations and changes in your business to actually keep your employees safe from accidents. You’ll pay less in worker’s compensation fees, have happier and more motivated employees, and overall be a better business.