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Beat the Heat: 6 Ways to Have Your Equipment Summer Ready!

Summer is on the way, and for some locations, it feels like it’s already here. That being said, you need to be prepared and so does your equipment! Here are some helpful ways you can keep your equipment running smoothly this summer!

  1. Keep an eye on your tires and batteries.

Tires are weakened by extreme heat which can cause blowouts. Check your tire pressure regularly. Test your batteries to make sure they are still functioning efficiently. They can stop working in high heat. Read more about how to test your starting system.

  1. Check engine belts and hoses.

If the belts and hoses on your equipment have discoloration, it could be a sign of overheating. Check them often to make sure your equipment is in good working order.

  1. Cooling system.

You get hot and thirsty during the summer, and so does your engine! Check your equipment to make sure it has the proper coolant and water levels! Also keep an eye on temperature gauges. If it’s overheating, move the machine into the shade and let it sit for a while before shutting it off.  

  1. Be mindful of heat advisories.

The hottest time of day is between 10 AM and 3 PM. Not using our equipment during this time can be counterproductive, so try to keep it to a minimum if possible, to keep the equipment, and yourself, from overheating.

  1. Store machinery properly.

If you are unable to keep your equipment in shaded areas or inside, consider a tarp or equipment cover to keep it from overheating. On especially humid days, rust and corrosion can occur, causing wear on your machine.

  1. Schedule maintenance.

Hugg & Hall is ready to dispatch someone from our service department to inspect your equipment and make sure it is in working order and meeting OSHA safety standards! Safer equipment means a safer job site!

Contact our service department today!

5 Summer Safety Tips

The summer months come and go in the blink of an eye, but the warmer temperatures can linger on well into the fall. When working in these hotter conditions, employees need to take certain precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. Below are five safety tips to keep your crew safe during the summer.

 

 

 

Stay Hydrated

Having accessible drinking water and staying well-hydrated is the body’s best defense in hot working conditions. Make sure employees have plenty of water on site and are encouraged to frequently rehydrate. 

Shaded Areas for Resting

Make sure employees have a chance to take breaks out of the direct sun to avoid heatstroke and sunburns. Having lighter mesh clothing and sunscreen are also important tools to staying safe in the sun.

Take Constant Breaks

Continuous work in the heat is not advisable, taking frequent breaks to cool off is ideal when working in hot weather. 

The CDC estimates the amount of break time needed depending on weather and type of work being done- for example, doing moderate work in 103 degrees Fahrenheit would require a 30 minute break for every 30 minutes of work. 

Learn to Recognize the Signs of Heat-Related Illness

Heat stress can be dangerous mainly because it can come on very suddenly- the person experiencing it may not even know it. Making sure everyone on the jobsite is able to spot the signs of heatstroke and heat-related illness, and what to do if these symptoms appear in someone, can be the key to keeping everyone safe.

Some signs to look for include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Clammy, damp, or pale skin
  • Strange behavior or altered mental state
  • Panting/rapid breathing, rapid heart rate

If someone is experiencing any number of these symptoms should stop working immediately and seek medical attention. 

Use Climate Control Equipment When Working Indoors

Working inside on a hot day can begin to feel stifling very quickly. Using industrial size fans or air conditioning can make employees in an indoor work environment cool, safe and productive. Hugg & Hall Utility Services offers multiple air conditioning units, including the Airrex w/ Dehumidifier which offers programmable controls and operating range of 64-113 degrees. This can be especially important to control the dampness in the air to keep materials dry and provide cool air for employees.