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Who is maintaining your lighting system right now? Are you waiting for lights to go out before you call an electrician to come replace them? Are you answering work orders every day because people are complaining about lighting issues? How many work hours are being lost by people complaining about lights out?

You might need to consider hiring a company to maintain your lighting system proactively. If you haven’t thought about it, here are 10 reasons to consider hiring a company to proactively maintain your commercial lighting system.

1) Lost productivity from injuries and illnesses cost companies $60 billion each year. (Source: OSHA)

Lighting can either help or hurt the productivity of your employees in your facility. Maintaining your lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can help increase productivity by as much as 10%.

2) Businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. (Source: OSHA)

Lighting can either help or hurt the safety of your commercial facility. Maintaining your lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can help eliminate poor lighting safety risks.

3) Drivers are more likely to have an accident in a dimly lit parking lot. (Source: National Safety Council)

Not only do under lit parking lots contribute to accidents, they also contribute to crime. Maintaining your lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can help eliminate poor lighting safety risks.

4) 3% of all workers suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

This is an amazingly high number if you think about it. One of the greatest causes of lost time at work is due to bad lighting. Maintaining your lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can help eliminate poor lighting that contributes to lost time illnesses and injuries.

5) Of all occupational injuries, falls are the 2nd leading cause of death behind highway crashes. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The number one cause of falls is tripping hazards like loose pavement/flooring, etc. However, another large contributing factor is under lit walkways. Maintaining your lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can help eliminate poor lighting that contributes to fall risks.

6) 43% of fatal falls in the last decade involve a ladder. (Source: CDC)

There are not very many lights in commercial buildings that can be changed without the use of a ladder. Maintaining your lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can totally eliminate the need for your employees to ever climb a ladder to change lights. Tell your insurance carrier and they may be able to lower your Workers Compensation insurance premiums.

7) An average of one worker is electrocuted on the job every day. (Source: OSHA)

Any time an employee is working with electricity, there is a risk. There’s no need for your employees to be messing around with light bulbs and ballasts when this service can be outsourced. Maintaining your lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can totally eliminate the need of your employees to ever risk electrical shock while changing lights and ballasts.

8) Lighting is one of the few facility features that has been documented to reduce crime in the parking facilities. (Source Georgia Power)

How many times have you driven through a dark parking garage and felt a bit unsafe? What if a customer or employee was a victim of crime in your parking garage? The liability is real and is totally preventable. Maintaining your parking garage lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can mitigate the liability you have as a building owner as you seek to protect your employees and guests from crime.

9) 1 in 10 property crimes–including motor vehicle theft and property theft–occur in parking lots and parking garages. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics)

This is related to #8 above but continues to highlight the importance of keeping your parking lot and parking garage lighting up to date and working properly at all times. Maintaining your parking lot and parking garage lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can mitigate the liability you have as a building owner as you seek to protect your employees and guests from crime.

10) 7.3% of all violent crimes are reported to occur in parking lots or garages. 16% of those crimes were violent victimization. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics)

It is scary to think about how much crime happens in parking structures. Of course, lighting is a major contributing factor to the safety of these structures. While bright, clear, appropriate lighting will not prevent 100% of crime, it can offset the possibility in a dramatic fashion. Maintaining your parking lot and parking garage lighting system on a proactive, regular basis can mitigate the liability you have as a building owner as you seek to protect your employees and guests from crime.

If you are the manager or owner of a commercial facility of any kind in the Nashville, Tennessee region, please give us a call at 855.270.3300 to arrange a free quote on what it would cost for ELS to provide regular, flat-fee, proactive maintenance. If you are outside the Nashville region, we may be able to help you locate a company who can provide these services in your area.

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