How dust is killing your business?

8th March, 2018

Author: Festool Marketing Team

It hurts your customers impression

“I had tradesmen come in to do my flooring. They removed tiles to do the job and had to grind back the concrete and there is dust everywhere.”  

Believe it or not, tradies leaving a mess after finishing their job is a common complaint faced by many professional workers. In fact, it is listed in the “Top 10 Bad Habits of Tradies” - MRP Pest Control Group.  

Leaving a mess from scraps/cut-offs around the yard to not vacuuming up after drilling in a wall, for the customer to clean up just isn’t cool and puts people off from what was otherwise a job well-done. You might think one customer’s complaint will cause no harm but with the significant growth of technology and social media, one bad impression can become triple in just one second, with only one click. 

The underlying cause of losing your profits

How much time do you spend cleaning up the jobsite? 
Perhaps 30 minutes per day? That sounds like nothing, but wait until you add up these numbers. 
Let’s say your average hourly rate is $29.50. That means you are spending $443 per month or $5,310 per year for cleaning. This will be eating straight into your profits.

Health hazards

Constant exposure to dust adds to lung cancer. So yes, the clock is ticking.  

In November 2017, more than half a million Australians are at risk of getting cancer from silica dust and they might not even realize it - SBS News

As an individual worker, you are exposing yourself to the risk of lung cancer if lack of or no dust prevention or control are being used.  

As a business owner, you are facing both short-term and long-term effects:
  • Short-term - profit lost due to increasing numbers of sick leave taken,  
  • Long-term - if the level of dust breaches the standards set, or your employees are experiencing health issues due to not being equipped with proper dust prevention and control, you might see yourself facing legal problems. 
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