3 Essential Generator Safety Tips for Winter

The fall and winter construction seasons have finally arrived—and business owners and contractors across the country are preparing for another season of cooler weather. The fall and winter seasons often come along with increased generator usage, especially if you have a job that requires an Atlas Copco hydraulic breaker, hammer, or other large tool.
When used safely, a generator can be an asset for your business. However, when you don’t prioritize generator and job site safety, you put yourself and your team at risk. Before you use a generator, make sure you read and understand these essential safety tips.

  • Watch your distance. Gas-powered generators produce a toxic gas called “carbon monoxide” when run. While using a gas-powered generator is safe when you do it outdoors, you’ll want to keep a careful eye on the distance between your generator and your team members. Always keep your generator at least 20 feet away from your workspace and never run a generator in an enclosed space.
  • Keep it dry. Running a generator in the rain can cause a dangerous short-circuit. If you need to work in the rain, be sure to cover your generator with a well-ventilated tarp or tent to keep it dry while you work.
  • Give your generator time to cool down. If you have a gasoline powered generator, take some time to allow it to cool off before you refuel. Allowing the engine to cool down before refueling prevents spilled gasoline from catching on fire and reduces the chance that you burn yourself on the still-hot metal.

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3 Ways to Celebrate National Preparedness Month On the Construction Site

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Even as the month comes to a close, it’s never too late to help your employees brush up on their preparation skills. Read on to learn about three exciting ways you can celebrate preparedness on your construction site — and keep your employees safer as well.

  • Host a round of Safety Jeopardy. Do you know what to do if someone has a heart attack? Can you recognize the symptoms of dehydration? “Safety Jeopardy” is a fun and exciting way to teach everyone on your staff a little bit about what to do in the event of an emergency. Research what to do in the event of an emergency and draw up a round of questions. Split your staff into teams and hand out gift cards as prizes for the winners!
  • Learn a new skill. In the event of an emergency, each second can mean the difference between safety and danger. Learning essential safety skills before you need them is crucial for a prepared worksite. Schedule a CPR or fire extinguisher demonstration for your staff. You’ll all learn a useful new skill — and you’ll walk away empowered to handle an emergency.
  • Check out your tools. In the construction industry, having safe and reliable tools is crucial for safety. Take some time to have your staff check and test your Indeco, CAT, or Kent breakers and other tools to make sure they’re safe. If they seem out-of-order or like they’re malfunctioning, replace them as soon as possible.

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4 Safety Tips For Working With Concrete

If you work in the construction industry, you know firsthand just how hazardous working with concrete can be. In addition to following all of your industry’s safety standards for working with concrete, use these four important tips to keep yourself protected.

Protect your skin. Concrete has an abrasive and caustic texture that can cause severe burns on the skin. You’re at an especially high risk of burns when you work on fresh concrete, so make sure to keep yourself protected. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and protective eyewear at all times when working on concrete.

Watch where you step. Uneven curbs, half-completed work, and even tools left lying around can make working with concrete a tripping hazard. Make sure your pathways are clear before you move a tool or other heavy object and always pay attention to where you’re walking.

Know how to lift. When working with concrete, you may need to move and transport heavy objects. Before you lift something heavy, test the item’s weight to ensure that you can safely handle it alone. If you can’t, grab a partner and lift as a team. Also, make sure you always lift using your legs — don’t rely on your lower back, as this method of lifting can make you more susceptible to injury.

Use tools that are up to code. The tools used to break apart concrete can be dangerous. No matter if you’re using an Indeco hammer or an Atlas Copco hydraulic breaker, make sure that you’re always maintaining a strong grip on your tool. If you have an older tool that’s no longer safe to use, don’t risk it — replace it with an affordable and reliable certified rebuilt model from Hydraulic Breaker Services.

At Hydraulic Breaker Services, we put your safety first by offering great tools at prices you can afford. From BTI hydraulic hammers to breakers from Kent, we’ve got the brand names that you trust to help your workers do their jobs safely and effectively. Give our team a call today at 800-940-8517 for a free quote!

3 Safety Tips for the Summer Construction Season

At Hydraulic Breaker Services, LLC, we don’t just know about rock breaker hammers, hydraulic breakers, and financing options. We also know just how important construction site safety is for managers and contractors alike. The summer season is the busiest season for construction professionals — but it can also be one of the most dangerous. Use these three quick tips to help construction professionals stay safer on the job this summer.

  • Stay hydrated. Depending on where you’re located, your construction workers may be doing their jobs in up to 100 degree weather. Encourage your employees to stay hydrated by offering a “hydration station” loaded up with plenty of water and sports’ drinks to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes.
  • Educate your workers. Knowing the first signs of heatstroke and severe dehydration can empower your employees to act fast in the event of an emergency. Hold a seminar or meeting for your entire crew to learn about the dangers of heat overexposure and how to spot the earliest signs of illness.
  • Switch up your schedule. If it’s possible, you may want to consider adjusting your employees’ work schedules to avoid working when the sun is at its hottest. Sunburns are most common between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you’re able, pushing your workers to arrive early in the morning or work during the evening can do wonders for health and safety. Using the right tools is crucial for construction site safety. Unfortunately, many business owners don’t have the funding to replace their tools immediately when they become worn down. Rebuilt hydraulic breakers and hammers from Hydraulic Breaker Services are an affordable and safe option to replace older tools. If you’d like to learn more about the new and certified rebuilt tools available from Hydraulic Breaker Services, LLC, give our team a call today or browse our website for more information.
  • 5 Budgeting Tips for Small Business Owners

    As a small business owner, you might constantly feel like you’re tight on cash. This can be especially true for business owners who work in industries that have a “slow” season, like construction and landscaping. Thankfully, with a great budget, you can ensure that your business survives slow periods—and thrives during the busy season. Use these five essential tips to budget better.

  • Create a cash reserve. You probably have a personal emergency fund to get your family through tough times in the event that you have to pay an unexpected bill or fine. Extend this same principle to your business and create a “cash reserve” to cover tools, advertising, and payroll expenses during your slow season.
  • Overestimate expenses. It’s always better to have too much money saved up than to not have enough to pay the bill. Overestimate how much money you’ll need to complete a project—and bill your client accordingly. This way, you won’t end up losing money if you run into snags.
  • Shop used. Did you know that used and certified rebuilt construction tools are just as safe and effective as new models? It’s true! If you need a new tool, shop for used hydraulic breakers and hammers with us to save money while also getting the tools you need.
  • Get employees involved. Budgeting involves every one of your team members. Keep your employees and contractors up-to-date on your budgeting goals and ask for suggestions on how to save money. You might be paying for a service or tool that employees don’t use—and you may not even know it!
  • Keep all of your receipts. You can save money during tax season by keeping careful notes on your business expenses throughout the year. Invest in a receipt organizer for your office and keep a Word or Google Doc page with notes on all of your business-related expenses. 
    At our company, we know that small business owners often need a little help saving money. From Indeco breakers to CAT H-115 hammers, we have the used and certified rebuilt tools you need at prices you can afford. Browse our website to check out our complete collection today!
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