As we regroup following this year’s successful annual NECA Convention and Trade Show in Philadelphia, I want to take a moment to address a critical aspect of our industry that affects our businesses and the safety and well-being of our workforce: managing tools and equipment assets.
The electrical construction industry is known for its dynamic and innovative approach to emerging opportunities. We are constantly adapting to new technologies and techniques, something that was abundantly clear last month on our trade show floor. However, with all these advancements, we can’t overlook the importance of having safety protocols in place to effectively operate and store potentially hazardous equipment. These assets are the lifeblood of our trade and cannot be underestimated when it comes to the success of our companies.
To minimize safety risk, regular equipment inspection and maintenance have become standard routine as well as increased training and education to diminish workplace accidents. There are new technologies rolling out every year, such as RFID tags, GPS tracking and digital inventory management systems to streamline asset tracking and improve overall efficiency.
Nonetheless, physical tools and equipment aren’t the only assets that boost company success. NECA offers numerous resources for members to stay ahead of the curve and be competitive in today’s market, like education sessions, guidance regarding labor relations, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine and Codes & Standards and Safety publications. All of these “tools” can improve administrative skills, enhance business operations, facilitate a smoother relationship between management and workforce and keep contractors informed on current industry trends.
Being equipped with both the physical and mental tools of the trade will prepare you to better manage work obstacles and, in turn, develop a professional reputation.