Here in Michigan, some industries were finally allowed back to work through May and now into June, like construction, manufacturing, and lawn care. Others, of course, were always working, such as restaurants, grocery stores, and, of course, hospitals. Everyone here at Hastings Mutual was working too, though many of our jobs were done from home, and we had strong health and safety measures in place for the people that had to head into the office.
Some companies that shut down in mid-March are starting to open up again now or will open over the next few weeks. That’s two months or more that their equipment has been idle, just waiting to be turned back on. But restarting industrial equipment like a metal stamper or a lathe calls for more than just flipping a power switch.
We’ve created guidelines and a checklist to get your equipment back up and running safely. They’re available right on our exclusive page for helping our policyholders and others during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Even if you don’t own a business, our checklist is a good tool for any shutdown, like when the power goes out in a storm this summer. It’s divided into three sections:
You might be able to see if a piece of equipment will work correctly with just a quick glance. Some of this simple maintenance you probably do each time the equipment is used but taking the time to refresh the equipment now means you really are prepared to start up again.
Sure, our entire checklist is dedicated to making your workplace safe, but you’ll want to be prepared before you ever try to cut, drill, or even turn on your device.
Once the equipment is in working order, it’s important to keep a close eye on it in case there's a problem you didn’t see at first.
Questions? Let us know in the comments.
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