Trench Shield

Trench Shield

Precautions Train your operators Thoroughly train operators to avoid potential dangers while on the job. All operators and supervisors should receive training on proper handling and assembly of trench shields. Sizing a trench shield Knowing the scope of your job is...
Fluid Maintenance

Fluid Maintenance

It is especially important to monitor fluid levels in your equipment during the summer months when temperatures are high. The summer heat will cause the engine to warm at a faster rate. As the engine warms, the machine’s fluids will suffer vaporization loss,...
Track Tension

Track Tension

Adjusting Tension Improper tension Loose tracks can detrack. Over-tightening can cause power loss, excessive roller and idler wear, and could tear the tracks. Refer to your operator’s manual for track inspection and tensioning procedures. How to adjust Track tension...
Equipment Transportation Safety Tips

Equipment Transportation Safety Tips

A large number of fatal accidents occur while loading and unloading heavy equipment from a trailer. For this reason, workers must follow these safety tips. Drivers Must Be Well Rested Operators that transport equipment must be well rested and should take occasional...

Checklist for cold weather operation

Use the best fuel Make sure you are using high quality winter diesel fuel.  The fuel conditioner should match the type of fuel you are using (e.g., low sulfur) and should be approved by manufacturer.   Check starting devices Check to make sure block heaters and cold...

Machine Winterization Tips

Follow these best practices to make sure your machine is ready for winter. Check chain tanks, final drives, swing gear baths and gear boxes for water Check the label to make sure you’re using coolant that complies with ASTM standard D-621, with a freeze point low...