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Missplaced, lost tools

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 2 Black Thumbs, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. 2 Black Thumbs

    2 Black Thumbs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    What do you people do with employees that loose tools(hand-tools)
    Do you charge them for the lost items or take it on the chin Just wondering because if they break it I understand but if they loose it, I hold them acountable for the item. Your input is apreciated.
  2. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    Depends on whether or not it's a habit. If they do it alot they pay, if it is a rare occurance I'll take care of it, I chalk it up as the cost of doing business.
  3. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    With my last employer he gave us a set of the everyday tools like hand pruners, small saws etc... and they had a number on them and we were resposible for them during the season. Also each truck had a tool kit which the crew was responsible for. Worked good for him, and when we knew we had to replace for lost tools it was a rare occasion anything got misplaced.
  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Not really a problem. The foremen are responsible for making sure all tools are accounted for.
  5. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    If any of my crew was losin an breakin stuff, they would be lookin for a different way to pay the rent.

    I would explain once that I payed pretty good money for this stuff, and if yer gonna mistreat it then, ya got 2 choices. Pay for it, or I'll take it out yer pay.........
  6. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    if it is an occasional misplaced tool--then i would just let it slide. even the best of the best employees can slip up at times and lose focus and maybe forget a tool here nd their.

    i wouldnt take out a good guy for a once in a while thing-if it is a habit-than they will learn, they will learn by paying for it.
  7. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    You cannot make the employees pay for tools that break, get stolen, or are lost. You wont have any employees if you make them pay for the tools as they will take THERE tools and do there own thing.
  8. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    I usually kick my own arse. IM assume responsibliliy for everything because I own everything. I try not to pawn off to much blame on anyone else. I really dont get mad either! Not gonna do me any good pissing and moaning, If its gone its gone. Get a new one. :)
  9. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    So if my guy my crew comes in missing a Scag Tiger Cub, I shouldn't worry about it? You got any openings?
  10. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    The first time I may let it slide. If it is a constant problem, yes they will pay for it. Forget about hand tools, I have guys buying power tools all the time. :cool:

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