Asphalt paving season is upon us, and it's the right time for contractors to start preparing their equipment for the busy season. So, what steps need to be taken to make the most of these productive months? Let's see:
1. Equipment Needs to Go Through a Proper Inspection
Equipment owners should do a proper inspection to get ready for the season and do repairs and other preparations, so the machine is in good operating condition. That way, they won't have to touch it for the next couple of months of the paving season. For a truly trouble-free paving season, owners should have an inspection report and maintenance program, which includes going through the sprockets, wear items and other points, and cleaning and ensuring that everything is up to speed with the engine’s final drives and other components.
Also, at the end of every season, equipment owners should do a proper inspection of their machines and not wait until spring when they should start working. If there is any problem that hasn't been addressed or documented at the end of the season, they might have to face it when it is too late. That's why it is crucial to develop a post-season program when the machine is parked. If they do a good inspection, they will have the report for the following spring to refer to and order parts on time.
2. Every Detail Should Be Checked
The first thing that paving companies should look at is their wear items, especially pavers, auger flights, auger bearings, the supports, the screed, the screed plate, floor plates, and slat chains. Anything that moves material should be their primary concern. If all parts are at their 100%, they won't have to worry or do anything mid-season and risk any delays or interruptions.
3. Employees Should Be Well-Trained
Aside from well-maintained equipment, contractors need to ensure their employees are well-trained, their materials are of high quality, and that they use only the best construction practices. Before a new season starts, it's crucial that new team members and the old team go through proper training. The best practice is to create an employee handbook. This way, they can go over safety precautions, guidelines their employees should follow, and procedures in place for every project they plan to work on.
4. Employees Should Get a Personal Protective Equipment
In addition to training, it's vital that every team member, both existing and new, know how to operate safely within the job site. This includes providing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and the regular inspection of every part.
5. Contractors Should Continue Their Education and Training
Since every season brings something different, it's essential to check for new rules and regulations that can impact the business. Attending industry events can help with staying up to date with the changes.
As temperatures start to rise, you want to be prepared for the upcoming busy paving season, so you can get ahead of the work to come and make the most of these productive months.