The Importance of Equipment Safety Inspections

Run-Time Reliability

Like any piece of industrial equipment, waste management vehicles operate in tough conditions, making them prone to mechanical failures. Equipment failures are inevitable. Safety devices require regular inspection and scrutiny under a planned maintenance program and by the end-user.  The end-user needs to be part of the process and instructed on how to report deficiencies and equipment conditions that have changed.

Maintenance is an easily overlooked aspect of proper waste management operations and is often used to cut costs. However, maintenance is an essential component of a successful waste management plan. Ensuring that proper preventative maintenance occurs on schedule can avoid a wide array of problems.

Postponing maintenance = expensive repairs and early equipment replacement

A typical preventive maintenance program consists of regular inspections to find deficiencies, make adjustments, and tune up the equipment to prevent accelerated wear and tear. Many companies let planned maintenance go to conserve cash in the short term.  The decision to skip or postpone maintenance subjects the user and service provider to unnecessary risk and delays due to inoperable equipment.    

Emergency repairs that occur off hours or overnight can shut down production and cause waste to over-flow and spill into the street.

Operator Involvement

End-User Operators need to be encouraged and trained to report any operating condition that is not consistent with understanding safe and normal operation. Regularly scheduled training is a major part of a good maintenance program. Equipment training suggested by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) should be included at all levels. Technical knowledge, preventive measures, and appropriate monitoring of equipment should be implemented, where appropriate, to meet or exceed safety, productivity and reliability. Maintenance is about keeping the end-user and service provider (hauler) safe during use and handling of the equipment.

Qualified and specified maintenance in accordance with the original equipment manufacturer’s specification is a must. Any deviation or neglect of ANSI standards and other OEM instructions for application and modification without express OEM engineering approval is not suggested and should be addressed when discovered.  Substitute replacement parts need to be approved by the OEM in advance. In fact, it may make sense to source replacement parts only from the OEM.

The TOG Service Agreement

Repairs and ongoing maintenance can be very costly, but a service agreement can counteract those expenses, alleviate other problems, and keep your equipment in good working order.

The TOG Service Agreement will do just that. It will keep your systems running and decrease down time waiting for a service technician to repair your equipment.  Keeping your equipment running at its highest efficiency will save you money in the long run, as well as give you peace of mind knowing that if anything happens to your equipment, it will be taken care of with minimal or no effort from you.

To learn more about the TOG Service Agreement, contact a TOG representative.