Basic Steps for Construction Equipment Maintenance
May 16, 2016
The maintenance of construction equipment (such as grab lorries), is essential in preventing machinery from malfunctioning. In the event of construction equipment breaking down, it could cost you and your team valuable time, or even cause an accident that could have been prevented. Good maintenance is very beneficial to the lifespan of equipment and eradicating costly repairs.
Here are some tips to follow in order to ensure you are familiar with the steps you need to follow when maintaining such type of machinery:
Keep The Equipment Clean
It is very important to keep on top cleaning your machinery. Some may assume that as the equipment is used in a construction environment that is must be resistant to dirt, dust, and liquids. However, although this is true to some extent, regular exposure to such materials will eventually affect the operation and the running of construction equipment. Keeping the equipment clean can prevent rust and corrosion and has a huge effect on the overall lifespan of the machinery.
Scheduling inspections for your equipment is a good way of regularly ensuring that you spot any irregularities. It is also paramount in knowing exactly when your machinery will be out of action, therefore, it's best to schedule maintenance checks at a time you are sure the machinery will not need to be in use.
Perform Risk Assessments
It is a good idea to keep in mind potential risks that your construction equipment may pose. This should be considered greatly when performing maintenance checks. An ideal starting point is to seek any advice recommended by the manufacturer of the equipment.
You should also be aware of the issues that may arise from the user of the equipment. For example, is the user qualified and knowledgeable enough to be using it? When performing checks, you should always take into account any foreseeable malfunction or damage to the equipment that could lead to health and safety issues.
Don't Overlook the Basics
It is easy to discard checks on components such as windows, lights, and cylinders. All of these are very significant and can lead to issues that may require major repairs. Check that windows and lights are intact and cylinders are free from cracks to avoid any unscheduled repairs.
- Vital Inspection Areas
- Oil and fluid levels
- Fuel levels
- On-board Systems
All of these areas are important to the overall running of equipment and should be regularly inspected. It is recommended that equipment is inspected at least on a daily basis, performing basic checks on things like oil, fluid levels, and on-board systems will help prevent any malfunction that could put your muck away machine temporarily out of action.
Always consider the environment in which your grab machine is operating and any strains that it is under. Keep in mind the intensity of the use of your equipment to perform valid and useful checks and inspections.