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8 Jul 2019

TakeAIM Update




Learn about the upgrades below
As the TakeAIM system grows in popularity the positive feedback continues to stream in. In addition we've received advice and suggestions to improve the system, and seen some innovative new checklists being created by our customers. It is therefore with great excitement that we're pleased to announce that the TakeAIM team have completed a variety of upgrades not only to the APP and the addition of multiple new checklists but to the Dashboard features too. Click here to see the latest customer feedback and the option to leave your own review.

What's new? The main upgrades include:

A Time stamp of each check within an inspection. This ensures inspections are being completed correctly and improve user performance.


Ability to group multiple sites together under a "Head Office Admin". Enables your companies head office to monitor branch vs branch performances.


Bulk uploads Ability to upload users/checklists by spreadsheet template (csv/excel file). Making it easier and quicker to set up.


More in depth analytics. Enable management to view equipment and inspector performance and trends to help with planning and allocation of resources.

Other upgrades include: 1. Assign users to assets easier. 2. An automatic description appears when creating bespoke checklists - This saves time and is editable. 3. Keep track of your purchase order history 4. Archive messages easily 5. Ability to update admin and inspector details. 6.Update also fixes bugs and errors.
14 May 2019

6 Advantages of Keeping an Equipment Maintenance Record




Industries like construction and industrial manufacturing rely on machinery to generate revenue. Aside from being mere work tools, these pieces of equipment allow these companies to actually make a profit, so maintaining them in good condition can ensure the success of these businesses.

All responsible maintenance plans need to include an equipment maintenance record. Below, we’ll go over some of the advantages that come with keeping organised maintenance records for your equipment.

Why Give Your Equipment Regular Maintenance?
Whether it’s metal forming machinery or cargo trucks, maintaining your fleet is an essential part of delivering the products and services that you profit from. Regularly checking up on your equipment will help you assess their current state and give you a good idea of how well each piece will perform in the near future.

Some additional benefits that come with regular maintenance include:

Extend the Machines’ Usable Lifespan
Cleaning and servicing your machines on a regular basis can reduce the amount of wear and tear they go through. This, in turn, can extend their usable lifespan and ensure their productivity for years to come.

Avoid Unexpected Repairs
Unexpected repairs can amount to thousands of dollars in the blink of an eye. The majority of these expenses occur because of poor maintenance, so you can avoid any nasty surprises by servicing your equipment regularly.

Increase the Chances of Always Meeting Deadlines
Aside from surprise expenses, a broken machine can also halt your production line and compromise your ability to meet upcoming deadlines. By assessing your machine’s condition and keeping it in good shape you’ll ensure you always meet deadlines.



Now that we’ve gone over the benefits of regular maintenance, let’s take a look at some of the advantages of keeping a detailed record of each servicing.

Prevent Unforeseen Expenses
The more machines you have, the harder it is to make a mental note of the date you last serviced them. This can result in unforeseen expenses such as replacement parts, new machinery, and other costs associated with the repair. A detailed log will help you stay up to date with your repairs and avoid costly mistakes down the line.

One potential solution would be the TakeAIM app, which assigns QR codes to workplace equipment to act as a register. When the QR code is scanned, it opens a checklist – allowing pre-use inspections to be completed and ensuring the machinery is safe to operate.

The ability to spot potential issues before they develop into something more costly is of great importance – whilst the ability to spot trends and plan preventative maintenance in advance of a breakdown can save both time and money. Visit TakeAIM to learn more about the app, or check out independent reviews at Capterra and Finance Online.

Enhance Safety for Your Team Members
Material and financial losses are a pain, but having one of your team members injured is much worse as far as operations go. By keeping equipment maintenance records, you can prevent malfunctions and repair old parts before they cause an accident.

Allows for Easy Asset Inventory
Detailed record keeping means that you have to count, categorise, and label each machine. This will come extremely handy when it’s time to make an inventory of your assets.

Identify the Need for New Machinery
All pieces of equipment have a usable lifespan and the best way to assess their health is to inspect them regularly, which can become an easy task if you maintain an organised servicing log. Increase Resale Value

Regular maintenance can increase your equipment’s resale value, which can be a huge factor if you’re thinking about upgrading. Having a maintenance record can help ensure buyers of its condition and allow them to continue on the same schedule.

Create Efficient Maintenance Schedules
Each piece of equipment requires a specific set of steps in order to service it. Some may take a few hours and others can take most of the day, so knowing when your equipment needs servicing will help your team build efficient maintenance schedules that help improve productivity.

Stay Tuned for More Information!
Staying organised and keeping detailed maintenance records will have a great impact on the performance of your equipment. If you want to pick up more tips or learn more about our services, get in touch today and our team will be glad to help.



Author’s Bio
Kym Wallis, the founding director of Higher Ranking has over 15 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, and business development experience. He is currently working as Digital Adviser for PK Simpson.


3 Apr 2019

TakeAIM Ranked #7 in CMMS Category by FinancesOnline Directory


The TakeAIM system was recently reviewed on FinancesOnline, a comparison website helping millions of users compare products, find customer reviews and reports from experts so that business owners can find the best solution to fit their needs.

We were pleasantly surprised to be awarded not one but two awards for our Asset Inspection Monitoring System. Accolades like these confirm that our system is successful. The team at TakeAIM know we have something special so receiving positive feedback further emphasises the growing appreciation of our system.

Within the review, FinancesOnline highlighted the main benefits of using the TakeAIM system. They go into extensive detail regarding the features which they found to be beneficial and the business issues which TakeAIM can resolve. Below you can find several highlights from the review, as well as how they appreciated what TakeAIM is, the benefits it provides to businesses, and the key problems it can solve.

According to the software experts from FinancesOnline, TakeAIM eliminates the need to rummage through stacks of files to check specific information on your equipment, such as its date of repairs or usage history. Whilst the team at TakeAIM were developing our equipment monitoring system, one of our main focus points was the requirement to reduce paper consumption, potential loss of audit trails and the inability to notice recurring trends within paper based systems. The last ten years has changed the way we use technology, it was only right that equipment monitoring followed suit.

As stated by the FinancesOnline review team, TakeAIM helps users neatly organise and manage all records on equipment history on a single platform. We believe that having an extensive record of your equipment can only help ensure its productivity and safety. The ability for management to view an equipment history, whether based on brand, location, equipment type etc ensures that they can not only manage spot recurring issues but also analyse which pieces of equipment are better for their specific business.

Highlighted as one of the top small business maintenance management software systems, TakeAIM’s “seamless and efficient workflows,” from setting repair schedules down to internal communication for smooth collaboration, were highly commended by the software experts. Communication is key in any business, to often we hear of members of staff making note to raise a concern regarding a piece of equipment, however in the rush to get home they forget to relay the information to the next shift worker. TakeAIM ensures complete transparency to all members of staff. The platform / APP implements an automatic communication system once inspections have been completed but also enables manual communication between higher management, administrators, warehouse staff or site workers.

Ensuring that your assets and equipment are not only at peak condition, but also get prolonged service lives is another benefit provided by TakeAIM, stated the FinancesOnline reviewers. There are many benefits of using the TakeAIM system as part of a preventative maintenance regime but we agree with FinancesOnline that maximising the life of equipment is beneficial for all businesses. By implementing regular equipment inspections the chance of spotting a fault early, before it deteriorates further, are greatly increased. Early detection of damaged or faulty equipment can help to prevent accidents and reduce expensive maintenance / new equipment costs.

The FinancesOnline experts believe that many companies today find difficulty in guaranteeing execution of pre-use equipment checks at all times. This is why they were glad to find out that our software allows for check-listing of inspections, complete with notifications for missed inspections. Too often we've heard of workers quickly falsifying equipment inspections when they know management are coming to check over the details. When we were developing TakeAIM the team were determined to solve this very popular issue, we therefore implemented time stamps. Each time a piece of equipment is inspected it records the time the inspection was started/ finished, the date, inspectors name, signature, and equipment status. These details ensure that the inspection has been completed correctly, regularly and the inspector is taking responsibility for the details within the inspection.

According to the FinancesOnline team, one of the key problems TakeAIM is able to solve is ensuring that “ALL” equipment are easily checked. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 impose specific legal duties on companies to provide, inspect, maintain and operate safe work equipment. We wanted to provide a equipment inspection solution which enabled companies to check absolutely anything they wished to, whether that be a Guillotine, Circular Saw, Fire Extinguisher or Combine Harvester, if it's used for work, we wanted TakeAIM to be able to inspect it and monitor the equipment in an easy to use dashboard.

We realise that when you make a decision to buy a Maintenance Management Software - CMMS it’s important not only to see how experts evaluate it in their reviews, but also to find out if the real people and companies that buy it are actually satisfied with the product. That’s why being reviewed by FinancesOnline was so important to us. We wanted their behaviour-based Customer Satisfaction Algorithm™ to gather our customer reviews, comments and TakeAIM reviews across a wide range of social media sites in order to show how many people had positive / negative experience with TakeAIM.

Click here to find out more about TakeAIM or visit FinancesOnline to read the full review of our system.

New equipment inspections available on TakeAIM APP.

The ability for our customers to inspect all workplace equipment was one of our goals when creating the TakeAIM APP. Enabling our customers to have one system to audit, inspect, monitor and maintain ALL workplace equipment, no matter how unique, was a key feature in our quest.

TakeAIM enables us to add new equipment inspections quickly and easily and to all of its customers instantaneously. It also enables you to add any type of equipment type you require.

As the TakeAIM system grows in popularity we've noticed a rise in certain equipment inspections being created, therefore we have added these equipment types to our standard equipment range and amended the inspections based on Health and Safety advice and best practice.

The equipment types we've added include:

The Bench Drill: This type of drill is used for drilling light weight pieces of material. There are many elements that make up a bench drill which can fail, break or shatter. Elements such as the guard should always be securely in place and free from damage. Ensuring employees inspect a Bench Drill prior to use will assure only equipment deemed in good condition is being used and helps aid PUWER compliance.


The Bench Grinder: Depending on the bond and grade of the grinding wheel, the bench grinder may be used for sharpening cutting tools or to roughly shape metal prior to welding or fitting. Ensuring employees inspect the condition of a Bench Grinder prior to use will assure only equipment deemed in good condition is being used and helps aid PUWER compliance.


The Mitre Saw: Also known as a drop saw, is a power tool used to make a quick, accurate crosscut in a work-piece at a selected angle. A poor;y maintained mitre saw can be a severely hazardous tool. Incidents could include electric shocks, fire or personal injury. Ensuring employees inspect a Mitre Saw prior to use will assure only a mitre saw deemed in good condition is used and helps aid PUWER compliance.


In addition we have also added a DSE inspection checklist, enabling you to complete a workstation audit to ensure the set-up is suitable to the person using it. Under the "The Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations, employers must carry out a risk assessment of workstations used by employees to reduce any identified risks. Our latest checklist helps your organisation meet and monitor those obligations.

Click here to find out more

1 Mar 2019

Company fined after worker suffers multiple injuries in fall from height


Construction company sentenced today for safety breaches after a worker fell nearly 3 metres through an open stairwell

A court heard how, on 31 May 2017, Mr Howes, aged 26, was removing a ‘genie lift’ from the forks of a lift truck on the upper floor of the building. Mr Howes stepped backwards and fell through a stairwell opening, sustaining multiple injuries including a fractured spine, a fractured skull and a small collapse of one of his lungs, and was hospitalised for six days. Mr Howes still attends physiotherapy as outpatient and has not yet been able to return to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the risk assessment identified gaps in the floor through which a worker could fall. However, they failed to put in place any measures to either prevent or mitigate the consequences of a fall. Such measures include the use of fixed edge protection systems to prevent falls or the use of fall arrest harnesses to mitigate falls.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £1,020 in costs.

“Falls from height often result in life-changing or fatal injuries. In most cases, these incidents are needless and could be prevented by properly planning the work to ensure that effective preventative and protective measures are in place such as edge protection or barriers built to the correct standard." HSE inspector Jayne Towey

It is virtually impossible to remove all risks from all work situations but managing risks and raising awareness of hazards can go a long way to ensuring employees remain safe whilst on site. At Good to Go Safety we have supplied over 2 million equipment checklists over the years, each one of which could help to spot a fault and prevent a resulting accident form occurring. Historically these checklists have been limited to the most common types of workplace equipment – such as ladders, scaffolding, forklifts etc, but with the launch of our new TakeAIM app we’ve now opened up the possibility to create any checklist from scratch, quickly and easily. This means that companies can even put together their own site survey checklist – identifying if edge protection/barriers are missing, and further strengthening onsite safety procedures. The possibilities are limitless and you can test out the full capabilities of the TakeAIM system with a free 7-day trial >> Click here for more information.

Don’t just take our word for it – read what some of our customers are saying at Capterra and what software reviewers think at FinancesOnline

Story courtesy of: HSE


18 Feb 2019

The Importance of Shift Handovers

Imagine if a fault was found by a member of staff when using an item of workplace equipment. They make a note to raise the concern to the following shift worker, however in the rush to get home they forget to relay the information, resulting in a costly accident.

What if you could ensure all workplace equipment is inspected and the findings of those inspections are instantly available to all members of staff and your maintenance/management team?

Our products encourage pre-use inspections of workplace equipment. The systems we've developed are highly flexible to meet the demands of all industries.

By introducing a visual check of equipment before the start of each shift, it eradicates the assumption that the equipment is safe and has already been checked because it had been used by the previous shift worker. It places a responsibility on every employee to carry out inspections and take some responsibility for their own safety. By carrying out hand-over checks whilst both the incoming and outgoing workers are ‘crossing over’ it further strengthens the opportunity to raise any issues or concerns that may have been noted.

Our tagging and checklist systems can help to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with PUWER / LOLER obligations.

Click here to find out more

4 Jan 2019

7 DAY FREE TRIAL on our TakeAIM APP.

Good to Go Safety has went digital by providing our customers with a new app TakeAIM

We are offering a FREE 7 Day Trial package to anyone who signs up – simply register your details at takeaim.goodtogosafety.co.uk/register download the app on either the Apple APP store or on Google Play and discover the many features and benefits that TakeAIM can provide.

TakeAIM is an auditing, equipment inspection and maintenance app used to help companies manage workplace equipment. Combined with the analysis website, TakeAIM provides visibility and insights to help reduce maintenance down time and improve safety. Your team can inspect all assets, identify quarantined equipment and communicate issues directly to their head office. Helping managers analyse equipment and spot re-occurring issues to help resolve them before they happen in the future.


What does TakeAIM offer?


This digital inspection system monitors maintenance and inspections in real-time, you can set reminders and have access to all records without the need for paperwork.

The app offers access to an unlimited number of users and assets, and you can even create additional equipment checklists quickly and easily if you can’t find the one you need.

Assign QR Codes & Scan Equipment by creating an asset register.

Make your inspections even quicker and easier to complete by assigning QR Codes to pieces of equipment. Once assigned, your inspectors can simply scan the QR Code which will then take them directly to the correct inspection checklist and record the findings.

TakeAIM allows photos and notes to be added during the inspection, and time/date stamps document the inspection process. Upon sign-off the completed checklist is automatically sent to your admin where the findings will be used to generate reports and analysed to identify common faults and trends over time.

Click here to find out more or watch the short video below

10 Dec 2018

Take AIM NOW AVAILABLE



Good to Go Safety is going digital with our new app TakeAIM

When we first launched Good to Go Safety back in 2009 (yes we've been around that long) we knew we had something special and were determined to shout about it. During the early years of trading, customer feedback was exceptional from those using the system, but we didn't get the expected uptake we knew our product deserved.



We’re now on the next chapter of Good to Go Safety’s story by introducing TakeAIM, the digital version of our award winning tagging and checklist system. We believe that our customers will be extremely pleased with TakeAIM as it makes our inspections even more useful and accessible than ever before.

Good to Go Safety work tirelessly to help provide a safer workplace environment and promote best practices and now we enable our customers to analyse equipment and spot re-occurring issues to help resolve them before they happen in the future.

DOWNLOAD IT NOW - AVAILABLE ON GOOGLE PLAY AND THE APP STORE

3 Dec 2018

Good to Go Safety Goes Digital

Good to Go Safety is going digital with our new app TakeAIM

As a customer or someone that has registered an interest in our award winning equipment tagging and checklist systems we wanted you to be the first to know about our exciting new mobile app, due for release in January 2019.

By way of a thank you we are offering a FREE Trial package to existing customers that pre-register an interest in the app – simply register your details below and we will contact you with details on how to access the app and discover the many features and benefits that TakeAIM will provide, prior to its January launch.

TakeAIM is an auditing, equipment inspection and maintenance app used to help companies manage workplace equipment. Combined with the web platform TakeAIM provides visibility and insights to help reduce maintenance down time and improve safety. Your team can inspect all assets, identify quarantined equipment and communicate issues directly to their head office. Helping managers analyse equipment and spot re-occurring issues to help resolve them before they happen in the future.

Why the name, TakeAIM?
AIM is an acronym for Assets, Inspections and Maintenance – and you can Take it anywhere with you on your mobile phone.

What does TakeAIM offer?
Assign QR Codes & Scan Equipment by creating an asset register.

Make your inspections even quicker and easier to complete by assigning QR Codes to pieces of equipment. Once assigned, your inspectors can simply scan the QR Code which will then take them directly to the correct inspection checklist and record the findings.

TakeAIM allows photos and notes to be added during the inspection, and time/date stamps document the inspection process. Upon sign-off the completed checklist is automatically sent to your admin where the findings will be used to generate reports and analysed to identify common faults and trends over time.

This digital inspection system monitors maintenance and inspections in real-time, you can set reminders and have access to all records without the need for paperwork.

The app will offer access to an unlimited number of users and assets, and we can create additional equipment checklists quickly and easily if you can’t find the one you need.

Find out more at takeaim.goodtogosafety.co.uk



29 Oct 2018

Faulty ladder causes fall from height



The ladder used was previously found to have a fault but had no labelling on it to advise against use.

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard that Angelina Lawson suffered neck injuries in the accident while removing droppings from a shelf under the birds' perches.

Angelina was working at a height of 2.5 metres when the ladder gave way and she fell to the ground. The Zoological Society of London, the charity which runs the zoo in Regent's Park, appeared in court and admitted two breaches of the HSWA 1974. It was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in costs.

In delivering his sentence, District Judge Richard Blake said: "Ms Lawson had not received any training with regard to the use of ladders during her four years of employment. The lack of that training was a direct cause of the accident.

"As a result of this incident enquiries took place and this resulted in the prosecution before me. Ms Lawson had completed four aviaries using the ladder and was on the last one when the fall occurred.

"She attended hospital the next day for an x-ray which showed swelling of the soft tissue and also diagnosed with concussion which can last up to a month."

This story is a perfect example of the dangers of assuming that a equipment is safe. It highlights the importance of both pre-use checks and also the importance of tagging faulty equipment to clearly display a Do Not Use message if/when a fault is found. To find out more about the Good to Go Safety system which enables employees to do both of the above click here.



Story courtesy of: HSM



24 Sep 2018

Bedding company fined £30,000 for safety failings



Staff had no training in Health & Safety and were told to use their 'common sense'

The company, which has now made the safety improvements, has been fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of almost £5,000 after admitting the breaches.

The dangerous state of the warehouse was discovered by an environmental health officer from the council during a routine inspection. The officer found several areas of damaged, bent and unsafe racking and saw staff using damaged ladders to reach goods at height. When the officer asked how staff get stock at the back of the pallet racking without leaning a long way out of the scissor lift or climbing onto the racking itself, staff and managers gave no explanation.

In his report, the environment health officer said: “This is one of the worst examples of poor health and safety standards I have seen in my professional career. The damaged racking is the worst example I have seen and to continue to use damaged racking and damaged ladders showed complete disregard for safety.”

You can read the full story here courtesy of the Manchester Evening News which includes images of some of the issues discovered: click here

In theory I like the idea of using ‘common sense’ as part of your safety policy but unfortunately not everyone has the same level of common sense, and some seem devoid of it completely. You also need to supply the necessary equipment to allow safe operation of tasks, without which common sense would tell me to walk away until it is safe to return.

It is scary that situations like this still occur in warehouses across the UK – with so much training and so many products available to ensure safety and understanding there can be no excuse for allowing staff to work in such dangerous conditions, nor for allowing equipment to fall into such levels of disrepair in the first place.

If these guys had invested just a small amount of money on a system such as Good to Go Safety it would have allowed employees to carry out routine daily checks of racking, ladders and forklifts and allowed them to spot faults early, before they developed into this dangerous level of wear and tear. By ignoring the need for training employees and ensuring routine equipment checks were carried out (and actioned upon) a low cost investment into the company’s safety programme was ignored which led to a significant £32k fine – now where is the common sense in that trail of thoughts?

It’s good to read that they have made the necessary safety improvements since the fine, it’s just a shame they left it so late. Hopefully it will serve a reminder to the many other similar companies out there that continue to ignore the need for safety checks. If you are one of those companies then please check out our products to see how they can help prevent you from being fined by ensuring equipment is maintained in good working order, as per your obligations under PUWER, LOLER and various other H&S Regulations.

By carrying our routine daily checks, recording and auctioning up on the findings you not only improve safety, you actually end up saving money on maintenance costs by repairing minor faults before they develop into something more serious. Our system also removes any doubts/uncertainties by clearly displaying the date and findings of the latest inspection and provides management copies as part of a paper audit trail – documenting a good and reliable safety & maintenance programme.

It really isn’t worth ignoring the warning signs, simply because an accident hasn’t happened YET – you are still liable to prosecution simply by placing employees in danger.

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