The True Cost of Workplace Accidents

June 17, 2013 at 9:47 AMRing Power

When someone you work with has an accident, everyone pays. But money is only one of the costs. Here are some of the others:

Lost Business

The more accidents you have, the less productive your company can be and, therefore, less able to compete with other more efficient, safety-minded companies. If they take away enough business, you might not get the raise you hoped for, or worse – your company may have to reduce its workforce. 

 

Reduced Budget

Your company's workers’ compensation insurance premiums depend on how often employees make claims. The more accidents you have, the higher the cost of insurance and the less you have available for other budgeted items, such as tooling, facilities, benefits – and paychecks. 

Lost Income

Consider what can happen after a fire. Even if the entire workforce avoids serious injury, many companies that suffer serious fires never open again. That means employees lose their jobs. If they can’t find other work, they can’t pay their mortgages or other bills and everyone in their families suffers.

Personal Setbacks

Carelessness on the job can lead to two kinds of pain. The physical pain after losing a hand, an eye or good health can be terrible. The emotional pain following the death of a spouse or parent or the amputation of a limb is equally terrible, but in a different way. Losing your ability to earn a living may set your family back for years as savings go up in smoke. Instead of college, the kids may have to get jobs to help out. Instead of the home you've dreamed of owning, years more of renting. Even if an accident isn't very serious, it can hurt your hopes and dreams.

The Buck Stops With You!

Fortunately, many accidents can be avoided by simply taking extra time and care, by wearing and using the right equipment and by following safe practices. There is no reason to pay the high costs of workplace accidents.

Ring Power® offers comprehensive Safety and Operator Training programs. Safety is often viewed as an expense with little return on investment. In actuality, safety focused companies enjoy extreme savings and a market advantage over their competition. Well-managed safety programs are key catalysts driving your organization to exceed typical safety success factors. Safety awareness training coupled with owning and operating Caterpillar® equipment builds your road to achievement. For more information on Ring Power's Safety programs, contact Ring Power's Safety department today. 

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Hurricane Season Tips: Flooded Tank Precautions

June 2, 2009 at 2:55 PMRing Power
Hurricane Season started June 1st and is predicted to be active with several major storms forecasted to strike land. If you have a fuel tank that becomes flooded as a result of such a storm, there are numerous considerations that should be made before attempting restart or commencing operational status.

Hurricane Season started June 1st and is predicted to be active with several major storms forecasted to strike land. If you have a fuel tank that becomes flooded as a result of such a storm, there are numerous considerations Phoenix Products logothat should be made before attempting restart or commencing operational status.

  • Make sure electrical panels are clean and dry.
  • Check pumps, dispensers, emergency shutoff, panel box, etc. for continuity and shorts.
  • Remove any water in dispenser sumps, pans, tank sumps, etc. Sump water should be removed by an authorized state licensed waste hauler and hauled to an appropriate treatment facility.
  • Handle hazardous waste according to the law (fuel contaminated water or water contaminated fuel).
  • Check tank bottoms for debris and water that may have been caused by surface flooding.
  • If tanks shifted and problems are found, repair them according to manufacturer’s instructions and appropriate industry standards such a NFPA 30, NFPA 30A or NFPA 110.
  • Make sure vents and vapor lines have not moved or cracked.
  • Check vents for blockage and proper operation.
  • Inspect dispenser electronics for evidence of water intrusion.  Use dispenser manufacturer dryout procedures prior to energizing dispensers.
  • Check dispenser filters and submersible check-valve screens for plugging with dirt or debris.
  • Notify authorities if necessary.  DO NOT accept new fuel until system integrity is proven.  In the case of Underground Storage Tanks, DO NOT assume everything is okay because water did not flood over tank area; the water table could have risen and caused problems.
  • If you are storing fuel containing ethanol as an oxygenate or if you are using biodiesel, the presence of water can adversely affect the fuel’s efficacy so testing is absolutely necessary and a complete pump out is probable.

Be prepared for hurricane season; let Phoenix Products assist with any tank inspection, tank repair, or tank ‘return to service’ issues you may encounter. Email phoenix.sales@phoenixprods.com

Phoenix Products specializes in the manufacture of generator set enclosures, fuel storage tanks, electrical control panels and insulation blankets for exhaust systems, as well as metal stairs and platforms. Their headquarters reside in Jacksonville, Florida with  offices in Oakdale, California.

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