Most facility managers know the safety protocols they need to follow go beyond just personal protective equipment (PPE). Safety requirements only increase when workers are placed in more demanding, high-risk environments. Metal, cement, pulp and paper and other processing facilities recognise the potential for injuries and downtime when accidents occur, but few take the time to calculate the total cost. Additional costs include increased downtime and lost profits, healthcare costs, safety fines and potential liability concerns.

While solutions that provide enhanced safety without sacrificing productivity may be more costly, when looking at the big picture, investing in these solutions up front saves money in the long run. In the United States, avoiding even one major injury in a processing facility pays for customized safety equipment like a bricking machine.

Look at the true cost of injuries in the workplace and how to avoid them. By Heather Harding, Bricking Solutions Managing Director.