In the last post, we discussed the initial steps of preparing your construction equipment for fall and winter storage. However, the process doesn't end just because you've put the equipment away. Here are the last few steps of ensuring your equipment will be ready for spring use.
Most people don't think about it, but considering that fall is ideal for construction equipment maintenance, it's also an opportune time for operator maintenance. Take some time to go over any changes in safety or usage procedures and ensure that employees fully understand these changes. While accident avoidance is typically the number one objective with this step, it's also a great way to boost productivity and comprehension come next spring.
"Apart from avoiding accidents, the act of bolstering your education on the subject can lead to greater productivity and efficiency on the jobsite. Moreover, the upcoming holidays provide ample time for the pursuit of additional training or certification if necessary," writes Megan Wild in Construction Equipment Guide.
While this step isn't absolutely necessary, it can make starting operations in the fall much easier and more efficient. Establishing a set maintenance schedule ahead of time can help avoid the headaches that come along with unexpected breakdowns and equipment malfunctions. When on a set schedule, repair services usually include a log of your past equipment maintenance needs, which tends to expedite the process of issue diagnosis and repair; i.e., if a piece of equipment has had repeated issues with one particular component, professionals will have the record and troubleshoot that component first.
Another tip experts recommend keeping in mind during the fall equipment maintenance season is the consolidation of brands and equipment manufacturers in order to make finding replacement parts more convenient. It won't necessarily save money, but it will improve efficiency. The fewer brands and manufacturers your company can use, the faster and easier you'll be able to find and replace spare parts.
Ultimately, with a market share of around 10%, the United States is the second largest construction market worldwide. Staying proactive and taking these steps during the fall equipment maintenance season is the best way to maximize its lifespan and value while reducing the number of workplace accidents.