How to Avoid Repairs with
- Operator error is the most common cause of equipment damage and downtime
- Proper operator training is essential to avoid repairs related to negligence and oversight
Inspect equipment daily with a walkaround
Operators should be trained to perform a daily walkaround inspection for any equipment that they might be operating on a jobsite. If any issues are noticed, operators should report them immediately and should not use the machine until the problem is fixed. With a daily inspection, small issues can be identified and addressed before they become larger, more expensive and potentially dangerous problems.
Examination should include
- Fluid and battery levels
- Tire condition and inflation level
- Horns and lights
- Safety gear including seat belt and backup alarms
- Inspecting for fluids on the ground around and under a parked machine
Use sights and sounds to Identify equipment irregularities
It's important for operators to be able to identify potential equipment malfunctions on the jobsite. Things they should be taught to look for include inappropriate noises, cracks or other signs of impending breakage, and any damage to a machine.
Avoid situations that increase the risk of tipping or overturning
Loads should be moved carefully and within the speed limit. Never exceed the working range or lifting capacity of a piece of equipment, and keep the machine as level as possible while operating.