As an editor of The NEWS, I’m constantly following trends and stories in the world of HVACR. One recent story that caught my attention was a rooftop HVAC unit that fell 30 stories in Manhattan, injuring 10 people. Luckily, none of the people faced life-threatening injuries and were in stable condition after being transported to the hospital, according to a Reutersarticleon the accident. The incident is currently under investigation.
This is just one example of why safety is so important in the workplace. Many HVACR contractors are creating safety director or manager positions to be sure the companies are in compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration(OSHA) rules. Others have created safety committees made up of both management and field personnel.
Smart contractors should take this opportunity to dig into their own companies’ safety handbooks. Do you hold weekly safety meetings with your employees? When was the last time you updated your company’s safety procedures?