DIY Not? How to Know When Office Repairs Are Too Risky to Do In-House

DIY Not? How to Know When Office Repairs Are Too Risky to Do In-House
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    Some work environments are undoubtedly dangerous for employees, and individuals who apply for such positions know what they are getting into.

    In some instances, however, employees may be asked to make repairs around the office or throughout the workplace that are not included in their normal job description.

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Some tasks may be simple and straightforward, but others may be dangerous. You understandably do not want to risk your employees’ well-being or take on the liability risk associated with workplace injuries. These are some factors to look for that may indicate the need to hire professional contractors to make certain repairs.

Electrical Work Is Required

Unless you run an electric company with experienced, licensed electricians on your payroll, electrical work should usually be handled by professionals. The risk of shock, electrical fires and more may be high when your team works with electricity.

Even if some employees feel comfortable doing the work, it may not be worth the risk to allow them to do so.

Height Is a Concern

Some projects may require employees to stand many feet above ground on a ladder. The higher that an individual climbs on a ladder, the riskier the repair project may be.

One way to potentially make an elevated repair project safer to complete is to rent scaffolding and related equipment. Unless your company can make use of scaffolding regularly, renting from a company like Savage Scaffold & Equipment Co. can save you a lot of money over purchasing.

Harsh Chemicals Are Necessary

Many repair projects may require basic tools, equipment and supplies, such as wood, a hammer and nails. Other projects may necessitate the use of harsh chemicals. Your employees may not have the proper safety gear or skills to work with those chemicals. In addition, the fumes from some chemicals may be noxious to your entire workplace if they are not handled properly.

Heavy Machinery Is Required

When your employees are not trained to work with heavy machinery, they typically should not be asked to use it. For example, you could rent a small forklift at a local home improvement store to complete a one-time project, but your employees may take on unnecessary risk if they lack the experience and skills to operate that machine. Remember that your company is exposed to liability unnecessary when employees are asked to do work that they are not trained to do.

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Asking employees to make minor repairs around the office may reduce overhead and could even result increased productive in some situations. However, office workers are not skilled or well-equipped to complete some tasks. When any of these signs are present, the risk associated with in-house repair work may not be worthwhile to take on.

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