5 ways to create a safety-first mindset for your rental business

10/30/2017

Creating a safety-first mindset for your rental business starts with communicating proper safety procedures to your employees as well as your customers. Follow these five tips for establishing a safety-first culture with your rental business.

1. Training resources
You can never over-train your team on safe equipment operation. Invest in manufacturer-offered programs, such as Power University that provide in-depth, hands-on training led by product experts to ensure your team not only understands basic machine operation, but also the safety features of each machine’s controls, signals and indicators.

A properly trained sales and service team is your first line of defense in ensuring operational safety. Trained sales staff ensure rental customers are well-informed on proper and safe equipment operation as well. Sales specialists should review proper operating procedures with customers, and make sure customers know where the machine’s Operation & Maintenance Manual is stored on machine for quick reference. Copies of manuals can be ordered from the Online Parts Ordering Book.

2. Communicate safety features
Prior to operation, sales specialists should call attention to instructional and safety decals that are strategically placed on the machine. The decals are intended to alert operators of potential hazards that may cause personal injury or damage to the machine. The location and function of the auto-safety features should also be reviewed prior to delivery of the rental unit, such as a sensor that triggers a generator to shut down if the Voltage Selector Switch door is opened during operation.

3. Explain safety guidelines
Safe operation at a jobsite requires operators to understand universal safety protocol, such as chalking tires to prevent equipment from rolling or operating equipment in open areas to effectively expel diesel fumes. Safety measures specific to the equipment should also be shared, such as using whip checks for air compressors, power boards for generators and checking for overhead power lines or other obstructions before deploying a light tower mast.

4. Assess jobsite conditions
Jobsites can be filled with potential dangers such as overhead and underground utility lines, and other construction equipment. All underground utilities should be identified and clearly marked prior to the start of work. Machines should be positioned to avoid disrupting equipment workflow and worksite visibility. Traffic barriers or gates may be used to keep work zones closed to non-work vehicles and pedestrians.

5. Make maintenance routine
Promoting a safety mindset also means performing routine equipment maintenance. Operators should conduct a daily visual check of the machine prior to use to identify potential problems. Immediately address any of the following issues to prevent machine malfunctions or dangerous operating conditions:

  • - Broken, missing or damaged parts such as cracked belts
  • - Evidence of fluid leaks, clogged vents
  • - Inadequate fluid levels, including engine oil and lubricants
  • - Damaged or missing safety decals
  • - Worn, damaged or improperly inflated tires