We are at the height of our South African summer, and for those returning to work this month, the construction industry is going to be an extra hot place to be. Summer on any kind of construction site can be a bit of a nightmare for both the staff and the equipment being used, as both can quite easily overheat and become a bit of a problem. Overly hot staff and equipment can lead to downtime at best and injury at worst, so making sure that you know how to keep both in good working order throughout the hottest months of the year is of utmost importance.

Luckily, it is not all that difficult, or costly, to do and when you stick to a tried and tested method of preventing everything from overheating, you can be sure that your construction project will continue to run smoothly and without interruption.

From following something as simple as planned maintenance and inspections, to just giving staff time to cool off during the hottest parts of the day or during a heat wave, can save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run. And along with these more simple ways of staying on the move during your summer construction projects, there are a few other things you can do as well. Should you need more information, or should you have any questions, you can always contact Fast Pulse Plant Hire.

  1. Inspect Tyres

To get the most out of your plant hire equipment, you need to make sure that your tyres are correctly pumped and at the optimal inflation. In the summer heat, the tyres can quickly lose the necessary inflation, and this can lead to more wear and tear on the equipment and it can also make the equipment a little bit more unstable, which can in turn lead to a blowout.

At the start of each day you should make sure that the tyres are properly inflated and on those really hot days or if machinery is really heavy and being used a lot, the pressure should be checked a few times a day.

  1. Also, check the batteries

With the extra warm conditions, the electrolytes in batteries can evaporate and this can lead to the battery failing prematurely. That said, the battery of most plant hire equipment is often one of the most overlooked parts of the machine and so while it needs to be consistently checked, it is too often forgotten. A regular look at the battery will prevent unexpected failure.

  1. Store out of the sun

During those times of the day when the machinery is not in use, it would be best to keep it out of the sunlight. Prolonged, unnecessary exposure to the sun can do plenty of untold damage and it can also quickly lead to overheating. Although most sites will not have one dedicated shaded parking area, it would be wise to find a partly shaded spot to park the machinery when it is not in use.