Safety Measures To Keep In Mind When Handling Construction Tools and Equipment

Construction equipment normally includes all types of heavy equipment used for construction purposes such as cranes, tractors, earth movers, excavators and the like. Now, one of the primary concerns in handling heavy machineries is safety. That is why it is very important for any operator to know how to use them properly by attending schools that provide various trainings and seminars. This way they’ll get to learn the basic operating techniques of such machineries and become aware of its various safety hazards.

Aside from knowing the basic operating techniques and safety hazards, an operator also needs to take care of them properly. These construction tools and equipment are always exposed to dirt and misuse.  That is why regular and proper maintenance is very important to make these equipment last longer. This will also help you minimize worries and avoid added expenses. Here are some safety and maintenance tips you should go by when operating construction tools and equipment.

1) Remember to clean those construction tools and equipment after a day’s work. You need not do general cleaning every day. All you have to do is remove the heavy construction dirt after using it so as to extend its life span. General cleaning can be done every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on how often you used it.

2) Motorized machineries could cut or crush hoses and cords easily which could lead to potential electrical hazards.  Always keep those electric cords and airlines protected from people and construction vehicles by covering them with purpose-built ramps or casings. Also, put some precautionary signs in areas with electrical cords to warn people against accidents.

3) Condensation in the airline could lead to corrosion in these breezy tools. Don’t forget to lubricate your air tools and other exposed equipment every day before using them. You may also prevent tool corrosion and displace moisture by coating the internal component of these tools with air-tool oil.

4) After every job, don’t forget to inspect all the construction equipment you used. Repair any damage immediately to prevent it from worsening and to keep them ready for future construction works.

5) Always make sure the equipment is safe before you use it by knowing the basic operating methods and safety hazards of running any construction equipment.

6) Before buying or renting construction tools and equipment, make sure to inspect them first. Stay away from fraudulent owners who tend to charge their customers for the damage that actually already exist when it was rented out to them. You may avoid these kinds of troubles and burdens by evaluating and asking tool hire providers of their past performances. You may also look into their customer testimonials on the internet if need be.

7) Take time to read the operating procedures and safety features of the equipment. Make sure to acquaint yourself with the equipment first before using it and follow all the instructions posted on the heavy equipment all the time.

8) If you’re not very familiar with the equipment, then you should ask the rental sales associates for some advice as to which pieces of equipment are suitable for your project and which tools are easy to use based on your operating knowledge.  

By practicing all these proper care and safety measures efficiently, you can be assured of being able to make the best out of your construction tools and equipment.