Just like Halloween in the fall, Christmas in winter and Easter in the spring, you can mark your calendars for Shutdown in the summer.
It’s that time of year when many manufacturing plants have large schedulded shutdowns to perform regular manitenance and complete large projects that would otherwise disrupt normal operations. And with shutdowns comes stress, unplanned events, long hours and multiple trades working in close quarters at the same time. As such, the risk for injuries increases due to these factors coupled with the many contractors who are working at a site they may be unfamilar with.
I urge businesses, contractor firms and especially individual workers to ensure all of those participating in shutdown activities receive the proper training and education about the environment and equipment they will be working in/on. Also, following the proper permitting procedures for your facility is vitally important to ensuring safe working practices.
As always, proper project management and work planning activites, including regular and detailed communication to all stakeholders, is the over-arching activity that when done properly, sets the stage for a safe and successful shutdown.
I wish everyone a safe and productive shutdown season!