Whenever there are malfunctions with the machinery on a job site, they halt production and slow down the progress of the building project, costing contracting companies more money out of pocket. There could be several reasons why your construction equipment is failing. Learn why this is happening on the job so that workers and operators can be more efficient and effective in their day-to-day duties.
First and foremost, how you store your equipment plays a significant role in protecting the machinery from outside elements and pests. Leaving the machines outside and not in an enclosed area will expose them to extreme weather conditions and rodents which could eat and gnaw at components on the equipment. When you don’t place the machines in a storage facility, debris and dirt might get stuck around areas that could limit the equipment’s effectiveness. Leave these machines in a facility overnight to better protect them from unwanted rodents and weather conditions.
Ignoring Regular Maintenance
Performing regular and routine maintenance is highly important for reducing the risk of equipment failure. This maintenance includes repairing and replacing parts when needed and servicing other areas of the machine to ensure it runs efficiently. If you’re ignoring this maintenance, you may not spot issues early on, leading to larger, more expensive problems with the equipment.
Failing To Train Operators
Generally, a worker shouldn’t use a rotary drilling rig without the proper training first. Operators must know how to troubleshoot, operate, and follow all safety procedures when handling the equipment. To ensure there’s always an employee around to safely drive the machines, train additional workers just in case the original operator is injured or out sick.
Lastly, another common reason why your construction equipment might be failing is that employees are overworking and overheating the machines. Never push the equipment past its limits to get a job done on time or push it to perform a job that isn’t appropriate for the machine. All of this could lead to premature failure and hinder optimum performance.
While we only mentioned a few examples of why your equipment could fail, there are many other instances. The machine could arrive with a flaw from the manufacturer, or employees may ignore the warning signals on the equipment. Remain efficient and effective on the job site by catching these common failures as quickly as possible so that team members can get back on track with the production schedule.