Preventative Maintenance: Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

Modern equipment utilizes many components and materials that didn’t even exist just decades ago. New manufacturing and milling techniques allow amazingly fine tolerances on many pieces of equipment, and the designs often push the envelope to allow maximum performance on the job.

Because of these new technologies and capabilities, users of such equipment must pay attention to two special areas, safety and preventative maintenance. For example, new specialty lifts and cranes have numerous built-in safety sensors and overrides. It is important to understand and pay attention to these sensors to ensure operations remain within a safe operating range. Likewise, OSHA passes special regulations and requirements, including specific training, for operators of such equipment.

From a maintenance perspective, modern equipment requires a level of attention far beyond older, simpler machines. Even the accumulation of a small amount of dirt or debris can cause extensive damage and create unsafe circumstances with these finely tuned specialty devices. While it easy to see preventative maintenance as a hassle and unnecessary expense, it must instead be seen as an essential and cost-saving discipline.

With the high cost of much modern construction material, even a few hours of down time can incur tens of thousands of dollars in added expenses. Just one crane left inoperable may well leave dozens of expensive workers and craftsmen standing by with nothing to do. It is well worth the time of any construction manager to visit websites that explain the specific maintenance needs of the specialty equipment they use on the job.