Apr 16, 2018
Fully Fuel for Start-up
Even with snow falling in some parts of the United States, the paving season really is about to begin. That means crews will look to foremen for quick guidance before the shift starts and then they’ll dive into production. For today’s toolbox tip, remind them not to skimp on the day’s start-up.
Make sure each machine gets a good walk-around to ensure it’s ready for the day’s job. You don’t want a loose hose bringing the roller to a stop while the rest of the paving train moves down the lane.
Make sure each machine is fully fueled. Operators should know to keep an eye on fuel gauges during the day. Of course they have a hundred other gauges, sensors and mat nuances to monitor, but running out of fuel isn’t an option for a high-tonnage day, is it? Have the general laborers help track fuel needs as equipment gets into hour 5, 6, 7, etc. so the fuel truck, lube truck or whatever auxiliary vehicle you use can be on the spot to keep things moving smoothly.
Make sure each machine with a water tank has sufficient water. Once again, operators will keep an eye on tank levels, and general laborers should know they’ll be helping with this task. Bring the water truck close enough at the requisite time to get rollers, mills, sweepers, etc., refilled and back to duty.
Use the toolbox talk at the beginning of the shift to make sure all members of the team are starting up fully fueled as well. Does everyone have a good night’s rest? These workers need to be alert and ready to leap out of the way if a distracted driver is heading into the work zone. Make sure everyone knows where the potable water sources are and everyone has his head in the right space for a safe and productive day of paving.
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