Improving the Image of Maintenance

  August 1, 2017

By Dan Hounsell

It’s been a bad summer for maintenance, especially in New York. Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, underscoring a problem that New York subway riders understand all too well: The M.T.A. relies heavily on emergency repairs because it does not conduct sufficient preventive upkeep, according to an article in The New York Times.

Likewise, in the wake of two recent derailments that caused major disruptions, Pennsylvania Station this month closed aging tracks for repairs and reduced the number of trains serving the station — another example of the costs of neglecting maintenance. Sadly, the neglect of maintenance is not limited to New York, public transit or this summer. All varieties of American infrastructure — buildings, roads, bridges, airports, sewers — are in decrepit condition.

Why are we in this predicament? One obvious answer is that officials in federal, state and local government do not allocate the resources necessary for preventive maintenance. But their inaction is a symptom of a deeper problem, one that is too seldom discussed: Americans have an impoverished and immature conception of technology, one that fetishizes innovation as a kind of art and demeans upkeep as mere drudgery.

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/opinion/sunday/lets-get-excited-about-maintenance.html

This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell, editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, dan.hounsell@tradepressmedia.com. For insights on determining the most effective maintenance strategies, visit https://www.facilitiesnet.com/17005FMD. For guidance on effectively motivating maintenance departments, visit https://www.facilitiesnet.com/16992FMD.


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