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Diesel vs Gasoline: Which to Choose?

So, business is good and you are ready to add more trucks to your fleet. You have already selected the manufacturer but now you have a decision to make about the engine. Should your trucks run on diesel or gasoline?

Always a tricky question, and there’s really no right or wrong answer. However, with the tips we have listed below, we can certainly make your decision easier regarding which kind of fuel should power your truck.

# 1: Fuel Economy

Diesel engines score majorly over gasoline ones in fuel economy, as they consume 30% to 35% less. This is because of their leaner combustion process, which uses up less fuel. Fuel economy is also better as diesel fuel has a higher energy density than gasoline. In short, you would require less fuel to get the same power generated by gasoline.

# 2: Costs

You probably don’t have an unlimited budget to splurge on trucks and need to be smart with your funds as a fleet manager. Always look at short-term and long-term benefits before making your decision.

Diesel engines cost more — in fact, sometimes thousands more than a gasoline engine. In many cases, diesel engines may even cost twice as much as gasoline ones due to strict regulations introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to exhaust emissions, especially for diesel. For the manufacturer, this means more investment in upgrading diesel technology to comply with regulations, and the cost burden is then passed on to you.

While gasoline engines are cheaper, as per the fuel economy yardstick, you may find diesel engines a better investment for the long run. Fleet owners say a good yardstick is the 30,000 miles rule. Once you see that figure on your odometer on a diesel truck, you’ll see the financial benefits as opposed to gasoline engines. Of course, the truck has to clock several thousand miles a year before you begin see your investment in diesel engines pay off. Otherwise, gasoline engines are a safer bet.

As for fuel costs, diesel costs more than gasoline. This is because of environmental factors and taxes. When buying your trucks, keep in mind that many gas stations do not have diesel pumps. As a result, your drivers could be all over the place looking for such a facility. That means more fuel consumed unintentionally!

# 3: Maintenance

Diesel engines require more maintenance than their gasoline counterparts. They have parts that are not found in gasoline engines and can occasionally be hard to find. The water separators and fuel filters require replacement more frequently than for gasoline engines. Spark plugs, coolant, and oil also have to be changed more frequently. Routine maintenance adds significantly to costs down the line. While mechanics for gasoline engines are easy to find, it is difficult to find one with expertise in diesel engines. Diesel trucks, according to experts, also require 2.5 to 4.5 more downtimes a year. A truck off the road does not earn money!

# 4: Durability

Diesel engines are more durable and last longer. Their engine parts, like valves and pistons, are sturdier. The exhaust system can also outlast that of a gasoline engine. This is because diesel fuel is not as corrosive as gasoline.

# 5: Resale value

Your gasoline-powered truck would fetch you less in the used truck market than a diesel truck. Say your diesel truck has 200,000 miles on the odometer, as does one powered by gasoline. You would typically find more buyers for the former. This is because even after 200,000 miles, a diesel truck can more than likely get several thousand miles more before heading to the junkyard.

# 6: Load factor

Gasoline-powered trucks are ideal for hauling lighter loads while diesel engines are perfect for towing and heavier payloads.

It would be unfair for us to tell you to choose one type of fuel over another, but these points should help make your choice easier.

Happy trucking!

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WWETT – 5 Reasons You Need to Be at the Wastewater and Environmental Services Industry Expo

Every industry has a hallowed ground of their own, where they converge at a large expo to showcase new products, learn about the newest innovations in technology, educate themselves on industry-related topics, and network with fellow business-owners and industry professionals. The WWETT (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment And Transport) show is just such a gathering for the wastewater and environmental services industry.

 

So why should you attend the grand WWETT show at the Indiana Convention Center from February 17-20 this year?

 

Here are some reasons:

# 1: Shop at the Marketplace

This is where deals happen!

 

In 2020, there will be 600 exhibitors displaying in over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space. New products will launch, and you can experience the products, live demos, equipment, and services first-hand. Meanwhile, manufacturers and reps will be present at each stall to answer your questions and help you make the right buying decisions for your company’s unique needs.

 

Everything from septic pumps and grease handling to hydrovac equipment and computer software will be on display in order to help you grow your business further.

# 2: Get Educated

More than 100 sessions will be presented during the three days. These will cover a wide variety of industry and professional topics, and all are included with a full education package.

These sessions will be led by top industry experts and professionals from leading associations, businesses, and manufacturers. Additionally many sessions will even count toward fulfilling required continuing educational units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs).

For example, some highlights in store:

  • 21 topic tracks
  • 45 states, provinces, and organizations offering CEUs and PDHs
  • Eight national associations leading education on Wednesday
  • New Smart Wastewater Initiative – with three sessions around shrinking water sources and sustainability
  • Two 2-hour comprehensive courses
  • Technical Tours on Thursday morning
  • Onsite certification training from NAWT, PSAI, and NOWRA
  • Women in the Industry event and Q&A panel
  • New Professionals Q&A panel

To review all the sessions and choose which ones you would like to attend, click HERE. To see the tracks, click HERE.

# 3: Party with Your Peers

The WWETT is a rare occasion to meet, greet, and network with other industry professionals in an atmosphere of informal fun and good cheer. Don’t miss the Industry Appreciation Party (Lucas Oil Stadium, on the 18th of February from 5pm to 8pm), for example, where there will be live music and dancing, complimentary beer and wine, food stations and so much more. Activities will include an Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge, horse race betting, and a fun zone with games. To get a full list of the itinerary, click HERE.

# 4: Discover Indianapolis

If this is your first trip to Indianapolis, don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the city’s myriad entertainments with your friends and family. There is so much to experience, vis-à-vis dining, shopping, museums, historical monuments, and of course the city’s vibrant nightlife. Therefore, you may want to extend your trip for a few days after the WWETT show to explore it all.

# 5: We Will Be There!

Custom Truck One Source will be exhibiting at the WWETT show, so come and say hello. And check out the exciting products we’re bringing to the expo: the Tornado F4, Aquatech B10-1450, GVS LiquidVac, and the GVS Air Mover.

 

The show kicks off today! Hope to see you there! 

 

cranes and other equipment in a service warehouse
Stevenson Crane Service Named as Load King Cranes Authorized Service Center

Kansas City, MO, February 5, 2020 – Today, Load King LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Custom Truck One Source (Custom Truck), announced that Stevenson Crane will be the first Authorized Service Center for Load King cranes.  

With locations in Bolingbrook and South Holland, Illinois, Stevenson Crane will service Load King boom trucks, truck cranes, and Terex legacy products for customers in the northeast Illinois area, including greater Chicago. Stevenson Crane will provide maintenance, repair and parts for Load King products.  

 ”We are very excited to partner with Stevenson to offer after-sales support for our products in this important market,” said John Lukow, Senior Vice President of Load King Cranes.  The depth of experience Stevenson has with operating and maintaining cranes will benefit our customers through accurate diagnostics and on-hand repair parts.” 

We are honored that Load King Cranes selected Stevenson Crane Service as their authorized service center. This is a good fit for us as our utilization experience with the Terex legacy products (Terex truck crane models T 340, T 560-1, & T 780 and Terex Boom Truck models; BT 2047, BT 3870, TM 3851, BT 5092, BT 28106, BT 70100, RS 70100, & Crossover 8000) dates back over 30 years,” stated Bob Stevenson. 

Stevenson Crane will provide service to Load King customers who contact them directly in addition to customers contacting Load King’s call center. For more information about Load King crane products and service, please visit www.loadkingmfg.com. 

About Load King

For decades Load King has been producing first-class heavy equipment. Cutting-edge innovation and engineering excellence make us the market leader. Load King is a key part of the Custom Truck One Source family of brands, offering standard and custom trailers, vocational equipment, and a full line of boom trucks and truck cranes.  For more information, please visit Load King’s website: www.loadkingmfg.com. 

About Stevenson Crane

Stevenson Crane, Rigging & Heavy Haul has been serving the Midwest since 1989. Their 24/7 services include equipment maintenance (in house or onsite), genuine OEM parts departments, equipment rentals, licensed certified operators,  lift planning, rigging, riggers, and heavy haul services. Additional information can be found at StevensonCrane.com  

 

Group of employees at ribbon cutting ceremony for company expansion
Custom Truck One Source to Invest $2.6 Million in Expansion, Creating 61 New Jobs

Richmond, VA, February 4, 2020Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Custom Truck One Source, a manufacturer and distributor of specialized trucks and heavy equipment, will invest $2.6 million to expand its existing manufacturing operation in Bedford County. The company will double production at its operation in Forest, Virginia to meet growing demand from its customers, creating 61 new jobs.

“Custom Truck One Source has been manufacturing specialty heavy and aerial lift trucks in Virginia for nearly 30 years,” said Governor Northam. “Their success demonstrates the incredible value and growth that this industry can rev up for our Commonwealth and local economies. We thank the company for choosing to invest and create 21st-century jobs in Bedford County.”

Custom Truck One Source is the first true single-source provider of specialized truck and heavy equipment solutions. With sales, rentals, aftermarket parts and service, equipment customization, remanufacturing, financing solutions, and asset disposal, the company’s team of experts, vast equipment breadth, and integrated network of locations across North America offer superior service and efficiency for its customers. Since 2008, Custom Truck has grown from 17 employees in Bedford County to 192 today, and this project represents the company’s third expansion in the past 10 years. In 2012, Custom Truck added a large welding facility, and in 2018 expanded its footprint to a nearby site to establish a seamless customer pickup area.

“As we work to build a strong and diverse economy in all regions of the Commonwealth, we are proud to support this important project and Custom Truck One Source’s continued growth in Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Bedford County has been an ideal location for the company due to its low operating costs and robust workforce, and we look forward to Custom Truck’s expansion.”

“We’re proud of the continued success we’ve had in Bedford County which has allowed us to launch this current on-site expansion with new jobs and investment,” said Fred Ross, CEO of Custom Truck One Source. “Thanks to the dedication of our skilled workforce and the support we’ve had in Virginia, we will continue to exceed our targets and compete in the global marketplace for years to come.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Bedford County to secure the project for Virginia and will support the company’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens. Bedford County’s Economic Development Authority also provided a cash incentive tied to the company’s growth and investment over the next three years.

“We are pleased that Custom Truck is on an accelerated growth pace to meet the needs of its industry while adding new, quality jobs in Bedford County,” said Mickey Johnson, member of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. “We appreciate the company’s commitment to retain its qualified workforce and create new job opportunities.”

“I am pleased that Custom Truck has decided to expand their current operation in Bedford County,” said Senator Stephen Newman. “Their choice to further invest in our community is evidence that Bedford County has a thriving business climate and workforce. The addition of 61 new jobs created by this expansion further strengthens the economic vitality of our region. I wish Custom Truck the best as they continue to grow and serve as an outstanding corporate partner in Bedford County.”

“This announcement is further evidence of the strength of our national economy and the vitality of Virginia’s skilled workforce,” said Delegate Kathy J. Byron. “Custom Truck is producing a unique, high demand product in a region that welcomes manufacturing and encourages businesses to grow and expand. I am grateful to Custom Truck for reaffirming their confidence in Virginia, in Bedford County, and in the people of our region.”

 

open toolbox with scattered tools
Toolbox Talks – What They Are and How They Keep Your Crew Members Safe

Toolbox talks – informal, onsite meetings with crew members – are one of the most effective ways for managers to keep workplace hazards and safety concerns on everyone’s minds before starting a job.

We aren’t talking day-long conferences here, just a few minutes to get the team ready to be up and at ‘em. You can even think of it as a pre-game huddle! GO TEAM!

So, what are the advantages of toolbox talks?

They act as reminders and refreshers, for one. They raise awareness. Toolbox talks help to build good habits, develop a safety-oriented work environment, and they demonstrate your company’s commitment to their workers.

If you don’t have toolbox talks with your crew members already, we’ll tell you how to go about it below — and why they are such a good idea.

# 1: Be Prepared

Read through your notes before gathering your crew so you are prepared with your topic and ready to answer any questions that may come up. Speak clearly, so the whole team can hear, and be aware that this is a 5-10 minute affair.

# 2: Choose a Quiet Spot

Keep a location in mind on the work site where you will hold your toolbox talks. There should be no noise in the near vicinity or distractions of any kind. This way, you know you have the team’s attention and they will listen to what you have to say.

# 3: Bring Props If Needed

It is always good to have props to demonstrate what you’re talking about. For example, use an actual stepladder when you’re talking about its safe placement. Being able to see makes the message sink in that much faster.

# 4: Encourage Questions

Your team members will ask you questions. Be patient when responding, no matter how basic the question, because they are genuinely curious and want further information. It is, after all, in the best interest of their safety.

# 5: Maintain a Record

You need to keep a log of dates and times of meetings, who led the toolbox talks, and a list of those who attended. It is not an attendance register, but with a log, you will feel more organized. In case someone misses a meeting for whatever reason, you can brief them later on the most important points.

All the best!

 

safety harness and construction hard hat at a work site
The Fearless Workers CTOS Supports Do 7 of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.

In spite of modernization, improved safety checks, and progress in technology, fatal work injuries show no sign of decreasing in the United States. In 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,250 fatal work injuries in the country — a rise of 2% from 5,147 in 2017. At Custom Truck One Source, safety is a prime concern. We always support more stringent regulations when it comes to protecting those who risk their lives every day in the line of work. After all, we supply equipment to 7 industries that routinely make it to the top 10 list of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

# 1: Logging

The risk of fatal accidents in the logging industry is 28 times higher than in any other. This places it soundly at the top of the dangerous jobs list. Trees falling on logging workers account for the majority of accidents, followed by incidents related to the use of chainsaws. Conducting repairs and maintenance work on equipment can also lead to deadly incidents if the job is not executed properly.

Among equipment operators, 50% of injuries occur getting on or off their machines, due to either slipping or falling. And experience counts! Close to 50% of injuries in logging happen to those with less than a year of experience in the industry.

# 2: Roofing

The roofing sector records a fatal injury rate of 51 per 100,000. Roof collapses are one of the prime causes of major injury. These happen if the roof is unstable and crumbles from the weight of the people working on it. A ladder wrongly placed while roofing is yet another common cause. As is true with any outdoor work, weather conditions have to be kept in mind, especially in winter. The dangers of a wet, slippery roof may become further exacerbated by snow piling up. This could also cause a collapse. Roofers injured at work spend an average of 20 days in recovery, which is relatively long compared to most other jobs.

# 3: Refuse/Recycling

With a fatal injury rate of 42 per 100,000, refuse/recycling is an extremely hazardous profession, where a variety of dangers present themselves.  Workers are exposed to everything from toxic fumes and fluids to cancerous chemicals and even used hypodermic needles. Safety equipment is key here, especially reinforced boots and gloves. Heavy equipment can run over a worker if the operator is not alert. Materials packed into bales can fall, injuring or crushing a worker.

Recycling equipment must be regularly maintained and repaired. The many moving parts of the machines used in this industry can lead to workers being crushed when trying to unjam a stuck machine. Respiratory ailments are also common due to the materials being recycled, such as plastic and glass.

Conveyor belts are common in the recycling industry, and workers often bend or stoop for long periods of time. This can lead to short and long-term injuries. Stress injuries to the back, in fact, are extremely common.

# 4: Linemen

This profession has 21 fatal injury accidents per 100,000, but it is still easily one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Linemen are needed in all types of weather conditions to repair and rebuild power installations. They have to work from high places while exposed to power lines carrying large amounts of electricity. Shocks, many of them fatal, are a huge hazard of the job. Linemen work in confined areas, and could therefore become trapped in the event of a fire or explosion. Working hours can be punishing, too, especially in winters. This leads to fatigue and stress, which in turn can cause injuries due to reduced alertness.

# 5: Truckers

A fatal injury rate of 25 per 100,000 with fatigue being a major cause for accidents. Driving long stretches of highway can be tedious, and truckers run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. The stress involved in trying to meet delivery deadlines can lead to distraction from the job at hand. The lifestyle is almost nomadic. Stopping to grab a bite to eat with no fixed hours can upset body rhythms and reduces alertness. Roads can be dangerous, especially in winter when they may be iced over, causing serious accidents, including jack-knifing.

# 6: Farming/Agriculture

This industry has a fatal injury rate of 22 per 100,000. Farmers and agricultural workers suffer the worst from environmental hazards compared to other occupations. Respiratory diseases, hearing loss due to proximity to farm machinery, skin ailments, cancers, and heat exposure are just some of what a farmer or agricultural worker experiences on the job. Add to this list the possible exposure to mold and pesticides, and it is not hard to see why farming is always on the list of most dangerous jobs.

# 7: Lawn Service/Landscaping

With a fatal injury rate of 20 per 100,000, this is our final industry included on the yearly dangerous jobs list. It may be surprising to find lawn service ranked among the top hazardous professions, and yet here it is. For landscapers and lawn service workers, road accidents are the leading cause of death. They also have to be wary of buried power lines while at work. This industry requires the use of equipment with razor-sharp blades, which can lead to deep cuts, and in extreme cases, amputations.

 

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4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Investing Your Use It Or Lose It Money On Heavy Equipment

Use it or lose it.

The phrase itself strikes fear in the heart because we humans are predisposed to fear the idea of loss. So, when the end of a fiscal year rolls in and business managers see unused budget still lying temporarily on the table, they scramble to spend it recklessly, so as not to lose out on the sum altogether.

This mindset is not hard to understand. Nobody’s patting them on the back for spending less than the sum allocated. The perception, rather, is that they didn’t need it in the first place. Which in turn means the next budget is in danger of getting streamlined.

However, the spending – that often involves `good-to-have’ items – can be an unnecessary waste of money. Improving the appearance of the office, for example, with new furniture and fresh carpets and paint is always nice. But not really necessary, when the foundation of the business itself can be strengthened with the acquisition of things like heavy equipment.

A lot of customers come to us at Custom Truck One Source to purchase equipment with their use-it-or-lose-it money because they’re thinking strategically. And it’s a smart move for all of these reasons:

# 1: A Stitch in Time…

They realize that the equipment they are currently using can require expensive repair costs in the future. So instead of taking a short-term view and not fixing what’s still unbroken, they are being proactive by purchasing new equipment while they have some expendable cash handy. Unexpected breakdowns mean delayed completion of projects, angry customers and of course, waste of time and money.

# 2: Upgrade Advantage

As technology advances, so do the latest models of heavy equipment that incorporate modernized features to improve their performance. Efficiency improves as a result and the save on manpower, time and overhead costs add up to benefit the company’s bottom line.

# 3: A Chance for a Do-Over

Not all equipment is made equally. Matching needs to the attributes of a model is paramount for the smooth running of a business, and here is a golden chance to correct mistakes made in the past while choosing a piece of equipment. For example, you may have purchased a dump truck that is now proving to be too small for your operations and having to make multiple trips. Now’s your opportunity to buy a truck with a bigger dump body!

# 4: Enhanced Safety

New equipment promises a safer working environment. And safety is the number one concern for any business that employs crews to work with heavy equipment. Other than the fact that state-of-the art equipment often carries enhanced safety features, there are significantly less risks of anything breaking down while a piece of machinery is in operation, endangering human lives.

 

Contact Us at Custom Truck One Source and we will help you make a smart decision on how to spend your Use It Or Lose It Money!

As the first true single-source provider of specialized truck and heavy equipment solutions, we have a vast inventory of heavy equipment, ready and waiting on the ground. We offer customized financing options and will work with you to make sure we’re meeting and exceeding your expectations as a valued customer.

 

CE Mag Top 100 - Voyager Series
Trailblazer: Load King Is Back On CE Magazine’s Top 100 New Products List

Construction EquipmentMagazine’s Top 100 New Products is the longest-running awards program of its kind in the industry. Each year, their panel of expert editors evaluate products introduced over the previous months and choose the top 100, based on innovation, advanced technology, product improvement, safety and level of competitiveness in its field. 

And once again, Load King has made it onto the prestigious list – with not one but two awards this year.  

The first is for the Voyager® Series of mechanics bodies, which includes the Voyager® IVoyager® II and Voyager® P.  

The second is for the 60-ton 503/605 SS SF Hydraulic Detach Lowboy Trailer. This is the second consecutive year this trailer had made CE Magazine’s Top 100 list. 

The LK503/605 SS SF 60-Ton Lowboy, sets a new standard in the 60-Ton trailer class.  The LK503/605 SS SF features a 20” loaded deck height – the lowest in the industry – and a distinguished range of innovative features and options.  

Rated at 60-Tons in 12’, the 20” loaded deck height is paired with the ability to add both a 24” and 36” flip extension on the gooseneck. Combined with the ability to run two additional axles in either a close coupled-position or as a separate axle group, these features ensure operators have the right combination of axles and spacing to legally haul their load.  

The last 8’ of the trailer is recessed with pierced-steel plates, offering the lowest bucket well in the industry, and allowing operators to keep their height down when hauling long reach excavators. A push-pull, manual raise-and-lower valve reduces the likelihood of suspension damage, making it impossible for the bags to continue to over-inflate if the valve is left in the regulated position.   

“This trailer was a great addition to the Signature Series and demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering trailers designed around customer feedback,” said Tom Norcross, President of Load King, after last year’s win. “Our customers are the real experts, and they will continue to drive us to develop premium products that set us apart from our competition.” 

“By leveraging Custom Truck’s leadership [in the vocational realm and its proximity to operators] and merging Load King’s manufacturing expertise and innovative design, we are able to efficiently penetrate and influence the equipment markets with superior offerings,” added Ben Link, Executive Vice President of Production and Supply Chain for Load King.  

Clearly, this strategy to constantly ideate and innovate with the needs of the end-users in mind has won yet another distinction for Load King this year! 

Congratulations! 

 

Continuing to listen to customers, Load King is excited about its newest Signature Series offering, a 65-Ton Lowboy. Raising the standard in Load King’s 60-Ton trailer class, the LK503/655 SS SFF features a 24” loaded deck height along with a wide range of innovative features and options. 

Rated at 65-Tons in 12’, the 24” loaded deck height is paired with a 14’ gooseneck with 115” and 93” swing clearance. Additionally, the gooseneck will take a 66” gooseneck extension. Combined with the ability to run two additional axles in either a close coupled-position or as a separate axle group, these features ensure operators have the right combination of axles and spacing to legally haul their load. 

Other features include 30” HD double-hinged, spring-assisted front flip ramps, a 28’ clear level modular deck, and 3rd taillight package with strobe lights. 

 

Hurricane on Construction Jobsite
9 Ways to Hurricane-Proof a Construction Jobsite

Normally considered a warm weather phenomenon, hurricanes do occur in the colder months, and experts have now declared we can expect more hurricanes to take place during winter.

Just as people batten down the hatches and secure their homes in preparation of a hurricane, so should construction jobsites. After all, they have plenty of loose items lying around, such as piles of lumber and even expensive pieces of equipment, which can end up as deadly flying objects in the event of a storm.

With present-day tracking of the path of a hurricane, it is much easier to make preparations well in advance. Teams at jobsites should be given a proper briefing by supervisors or foremen on how to secure equipment and the materials needed to do so. More importantly, everyone should be aware of where these materials have been kept, so they are prepared even in the very last minute.

Below, we have listed 9 precautions to take to protect lives, save expensive equipment and minimize possibilities of damage during a hurricane event:

# 1: Be Ready With An Action Plan

Create an itemized plan of action ahead of time, so it can be implemented in the event of a storm without confusion or delay.

This is especially important with renovation projects, when construction work is going on to expand or upgrade an existing facility, and the scope of damage is exponentially greater.

# 2: Prepare a Ride-Out Team

Ride-out teams stay at the jobsite throughout the storm to tackle any unforeseen events. In case you need trained personnel onsite, make sure all safety precautions have been explored and implemented in advance.

# 3: Be Aware of Tower Crane Risks

Cranes are not easy to move out of a jobsite without plans, schedule and disassembly. Be familiar with the wind ratings for the cranes to make sure they do not sustain damage or cause unexpected accidents when the winds pick up. Lower the booms, raise the hook and allow tower cranes to weather-vane so they can better withstand the storm.

# 4: Get Rid of Accumulated Debris

Clear the jobsite of any accumulated debris, like scrap metal heaps. Empty dumpsters. If material cannot be moved off site, make sure they are properly stabilized so they don’t pose any hazards.

# 5: Take Flooding Into Account

Floods are a distinct possibility during a storm surge and heavy rainfall in coastal areas. Rising water levels can carry away toxic agents like gasoline, paint and a variety of chemicals unless they have been stored above ground in advance.

# 6: Keep These Materials Handy

Materials Needed To Prepare For A Hurricane Include:

  • Concrete Anchors
  • Duct tape
  • Garbage bags
  • Generators
  • Ground anchors
  • Fuel
  • Miscellaneous hardware and fasteners
  • Netting
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Plywood
  • Pumps
  • Rope
  • Sandbags
  • Shoring and bracing
  • Water
  • Wire

While some of these would be present at the jobsite anyway for other uses, the above list will help you secure equipment and raw materials on the worksite.

# 7: Protect Important Documentations

Secure important work and personal documents in a safe, dry place. Also, a list of contact numbers such as for emergency services and those of employees present at the site should be safely stored in an easy-to-reach area.

# 8: Have an Evacuation Plan

Human lives are the primary concern at any construction jobsite. To avoid risks of injury to crew members, work should be safely shut down and workers sent home before the hurricane is in full swing.

# 9: Keep Tabs on Weather Updates

TV, radio and the internet should be closely monitored when a hurricane is likely to make landfall. The Weather Channel and Accuweather are perhaps the best sources of information, along with local and national news channels. The frequent updates will allow for better preparedness. If there are power outage issues, it would be wise to have invested in a battery-powered radio, to ensure updates are not missed.

 

Winter Driving Tips
14 Winter Safety Tips for Professional Truck Drivers

Winter driving is challenging for anyone. But it is especially so for professional truck drivers who operate large, unwieldy vehicles over long distances, through ice, sleet and snow, to maintain their delivery schedules throughout the season.

Below, we’re listing some of the most common driving challenges drivers are likely to experience on the roads this winter – and how to overcome them:

  1. Remember that in bad winter weather conditions, the posted speed limit is always too fast. To gauge a more appropriate driving speed, analyze the total driving environment, considering factors like road conditions, visibility, traffic volume, wind factor etc. The worst mistake you can make as a professional driver is increase speed to keep up with the rest of the traffic. You’re the pro, not them.
  2. Keep your CB radio on at all times to stay in constant contact with the outside world.  Ask any questions you have about the road in front of you and listen for people giving warnings.  In an emergency, other truckers might be able to help you.  Stay in communication with someone at all times.
  3. You will be sharing the road with a lot of car owners who spook at deteriorating road conditions and act irrationally, causing accidents. Then there are the confident ones who are just as prone to making mistakes. Maintain extra distance between you and the vehicle in front to give yourself plenty of reaction time in case something goes wrong. Turn on the lights, even if feel you don’t need them yet. It is important to see, but equally important to be seen.
  4. Be aware of chain-up rules and if they are warranted, be well-practiced with how to apply them. Standing on the side of the road with an instruction manual in hand in the midst of a blizzard is a terrible idea.
  5. As a pro driver, it is your responsibility to stay alert to icy road conditions, when there is reduced traction between the tires and the road. Sudden stops and turns or hard accelerations may result in total loss of control, and chances of a skid or a jackknife in such events are extremely high. Adjust speed and resist the urge to accelerate.
  6. Can you skid while going up a hill? Yes, you can! If you apply too much acceleration on a slick grade, the drive wheels can easily lose traction. If you don’t step off the accelerator right away and reduce speed gradually, the drive wheel may start to spin and slide to the left or right. The entire vehicle may slide off the road, and in extreme cases, slide backwards.
  7. While driving on a down grade, feathering  or stab braking helps to maintain control. If you have to stop or slow down quickly, the stab braking technique is recommended, as you’ll have better control and not risk locking up the wheels.
  8. The general rule of thumb for starting from a standing stop is to start smoothly. Avoid jackrabbit starts. On wet, slippery roads, select first gear and release the clutch with minimum acceleration. Just after the clutch engages, and the vehicle begins to move, accelerate gradually.
  9. If traffic condition permits, try to keep your vehicle from coming to a complete stop. For instance, if you see a traffic light up ahead, try to maintain speed in such a way that you will reach just as soon as the light turns green and you don’t have to come to full stop. This will help you accelerate without skidding.
  10. If you see that a few cars have lost control, don’t try to squeeze past the erring cars, especially on a grade. This is a common mistake. Given the size of your truck, you’re likely to get caught up in the tangle too. Wait until the road is clear and safe for you to drive on.
  11. Beware of black ice!  It is almost invisible and one of the prime causes of accidents. Watch cars in front of you to see if there is spray coming from their tires. If so, then the road is wet and safe. If the spray stops completely, expect black ice and prepare to coast if needed until you regain traction.
  12. Enter bridges with caution. Elevated structures, such as bridges and highway overpasses, usually freeze first (and have black ice) and many are not treated with salt and sand like the rest of the road.
  13. Winter conditions can change very quickly. So, you have to know what the weather was like the day before, and not just today. Especially if you’re coming back on a route and basically hitting the road fresh.
  14. In the unfortunate event that you’re stuck and stranded with no help in sight, stay inside the cab. It is very easy to get disoriented and lost in a snowstorm. Put on all the warm clothes and blankets you packed and stay warm as you call for help. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a downwind window slightly for ventilation. Run your engine for only 10-15 minutes each hour.

 

Stay safe!