Regardless of the type of construction, maximum uptime is always the desired goal of a quality crew. When construction crews have ample operating time, they have enough flexibility to optimize their operations, resulting in more impressed clients and sustained contracts.
Construction delays can result in unhappy clients and difficulty winning future contracts. As a result, it’s recommended for any crew to avoid delays as much as possible. One area to look at is construction equipment; a fairly common cause of construction delays is faulty equipment, which can usually be addressed as a precautionary measure – before the damage occurs – using the tips below:
Monitor the Equipment’s Important Elements
There are many types of equipment on a construction site, but they generally all share “red flags” that could signify a need for urgent repair. These “red flags” include:
- Hairline crack(s) along welds and on the frame
- Dirty air filters
- Low oil levels
- Eroding coolant levels
- Wear on track, tread, and tires
- Blotchy grease fittings
- Windshield cracks
If you notice any of these descriptions on construction equipment, it’s recommended to address it immediately. Even though it may be costly to repair, it would cost a lot more in terms of construction delays and client unhappiness if something were to go severely wrong due to non-repair.
Use Dealers for Repairs
Even if you think you’re savvy with tools and repair, it’s recommended to leave the repairs up to the dealer or original manufacturer for the faulty equipment in question. They may cost a pretty penny, but they almost always have extensive knowledge about what needs to be repaired. Dealers and/or original manufacturers will do a quicker job with the repairs, which means construction crews can put their own time and resources elsewhere.
Some dealers even offer software like CAT Connect, which uses technology to help monitor a job site’s safety, sustainability, equipment management and productivity. Software tools like this continue to increase in popularity throughout the construction industry.
Accomodate an Easy Exchange of Information
If any crew members notice an issue with equipment, or any of the aforementioned “red flags”, then they should be aware of a system that allows for easy exchange of information. Crew leaders should implement a communication plan that allows team members to send information up the chain, so issues like a hydraulics repair or low fuel levels on a tractor trailer can be addressed immediately and without hesitation. This will make repairs happen faster, while also helping avoid overtime and – for crew leaders who are distributing the paychecks – the subsequent pay that comes along with it.
Make the Most of Downtime
Even when taking the precautions above, experienced construction crews will encounter legitimate reasons for downtime eventually. When this does occur, it’s best to make the most of downtime, so the crew can resume without interruption when the issue is addressed and perhaps even accomplish more in that span.
Some ideas to make the most out of downtime is to manage and prepare paperwork, move equipment from one site to another, have certain materials delivered and stocked and to address any general maintenance of trucks and transportation, such as gas or oil changes.
Managing your construction equipment can save your crew time and money, which will result in a likelier chance of winning jobs in the future and maintaining a positive reputation throughout the construction industry.