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In order to lay top-quality, smooth-surfaced asphalt, all the details have to come together just right. You need the right mix, at the right temperature. You need to keep moving because time is money. So you need a multi-talented material transfer vehicle. But there are numerous crew members moving around, too, so visibility is crucial to ensure safety as well as efficiency. You need the Roadtec MTV-1100e.
Your hydraulic equipment works hard. It’s designed to do that, but even the toughest machine can’t perform well – or long – without proper preventive maintenance. Taking good care of your hydraulic hoses is an essential part of any regular service program.
With all types of construction projects ramping up for spring and summer work, it's a good time for safety reminders. The National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health have created a detailed bulletin titled "Preventing Injuries and Deaths from Skid Steer Loaders." You can download this publication to use in training sessions, but we thought it important to pass along these three key skid steer safety tips:
If you're new to driving a heavy-duty truck, you are freshly aware of the critical importance of truck driving safety. If you'se a seasoned road veteran, you'se even more aware of what can go wrong. But it's easy to get into a routine and inadvertently overlook some detail that could pose a safety threat. So with all drivers in mind, here are some reminders about truck driving safety that can keep you and your rig rolling along in good health.
Every year, construction workers die in rollover accidents. No cost is greater than the loss of human life, especially considering these accidents are preventable. The following reminders about compaction roller safety are just as applicable to any other construction equipment.
Safety has always been a top priority for long haul drivers. Accidents are expensive, across the board. If the accident is serious enough, there is the possibility of human injuries or even fatalities. And every accident brings unproductive delays and downtime, paperwork and the high price of repairs.
Just a year ago, the Associated General Contractors released results of a nationwide study that showed 83% of construction firms were understaffed in key crafts. Skilled workers such as carpenters, roofers, electricians and equipment operators are in severely short supply, as are laborers and even supervisory and management personnel. The AGC predicted the shortage in skilled construction workers would get worse in 2015.
Construction equipment is now able to work "smarter" and safer than ever, thanks to new technologies. You can, too. New mobile apps designed specifically for workers in the field enable you to increase construction jobsite safety in many ways. Safety managers are using these new tools to augment the traditional elements of their safety program such as morning toolbox talks and formal training sessions.
Do your people take their personal protection equipment for granted? PPE is a critically important tool on any type of construction jobsite. But just because it exists doesn't mean your crew members are using their gear correctly. And when they don't, that can actually create additional hazards on the jobsite rather than protecting people from harm.
Long famous for offering the latest in innovation, Freightliner Trucks for 2015 are now available with the new Detroit Assurance Integrated Safety System. While safety has always been a concern for Freightliner and its parent company, Daimler Trucks North America, there has been an even greater push industry-wide in the last couple of years to improve truck and driver safety.