Construction Site Dangers to Avoid When Using a Skid-Steer Loader

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Skid-steer loaders are one of the most frequently seen pieces of equipment on construction sites. They are versatile and can assist in many different tasks thanks to the variety of different attachments they can be used with.  While useful and productive on the job site, though, skid-steer loaders can also be dangerous. The following are five construction site dangers caused by improper skid-steer loader use. These dangers need to be prevented to ensure worker safety: Parking on a slope A skid-steer loader is a heavy piece of equipment that can be unstable if it is parked on a very steep slope. Although a skid-steer loader has a parking brake, it is still not a good idea to park it on a slope. Always park on flat ground to avoid potential accidents.  Debris blocking controls During operation, the controls of a skid-steer loader can often become clogged and obstructed by worksite debris. This can cause enormous dangers during operation and prevent the operator from responding quickly at the controls. Before operation, it’s important to inspect the control panel and clear it of any mud, snow, ice, or other debris that have accumulated.  Leaving the controls when lift arms are up When an operator is using the lift arms, it can sometimes be tempting to leave the cab briefly to accomplish a quick task before putting the load down. However, this can put the operator at risk of being pinned under the load bucket if it fails.  The loader operator should stay seated not only when the lift arms are raised, but also at any time when the machine’s engine is running.  Carrying a load too high Keeping the skid-steer loader’s lift arms up high elevates the loader’s center of gravity. This makes it more likely for the loader to become unstable and easily knocked off balance when driving over irregular terrain.  When carrying loads, the lift arms should be up just high enough to avoid obstructions on the ground.  Improperly inflated tires A skid-steer loader typically won’t have any frame suspension. This means that the tires themselves must provide the cushioning when the loader is moving, making proper tire inflation important.  Tires need to be evenly inflated to prevent the loader from losing stability during operation. It’s also important to avoid over-inflating them. Over-inflated tires will cause a jolty ride for the operator, making it more difficult to concentrate and remain in control of the lift arms.  If you need to use a skid-steer loader for a project, look for rental equipment in your...

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4 Maintenance Tips That Will Prolong The Life Of Your Roof

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Getting a new roof can cost a lot of money, so making an effort to care for your existing roof is a good idea. However, you may not know what to do to prolong the life of your roof. Here are some maintenance tasks you can do on a regular basis to keep your existing roof in good condition. Look for Missing or Torn Shingles It is important to make sure that you replace any shingles that are torn, cracked or missing. When there is a problem with your shingles, the exposed part of the roof is a prime spot for water damage, especially if you leave it uncovered over time. A good time to check your shingles is after a storm, when high winds and rain can blow loose shingles off.  Be Aware of Discoloration If you see black streaks on your roof shingles or other signs of discoloration, that may be a sign that algae is growing on your roof. Algae can cause problems for the shingles themselves. Keep Trees Pruned You may like how the trees in your yard look, but it is important to keep them pruned so that they don’t hang near or on top of your roof. In a strong storm, tree branches might break off and damage your roof. Not only that, but dead leaves and twigs can fall into gutters, clogging them and enabling water to pool along the edge of your roof. That could ultimately lead to water damage. Check Flashing The metal strips that surround your chimney need to be looked at on a regular basis to ensure they are secure and in place. Sometimes, storms and high winds can cause the strips, called flashing, to become loose. If the flashing becomes loose, water might be able to seep into your home. Not only do you need to check for loose flashing, but it’s important to ensure that the metal strips themselves are in good condition. In particular, if you see any rust, consider having the flashing replaced so your roof remains protected. Now that you know some ways you can extend the life of your home’s roof, start using the tips in this article to maintain the roof’s integrity. If you want to assess the current condition of your roof or have repairs done, get in touch with a roofing contractor such as Acoma Roofing who can provide some guidance and make any needed...

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