5 Safety Tips for Winter Construction Projects

As the temperatures continue to drop, construction projects across the country continue on. If you’re responsible for managing a construction site, you know that the health and safety of your team members is your first priority. Use these five tips to help keep your construction site safe — even in the coldest winter temperatures.

  • Watch the weather. A sudden winter blizzard can strike at any time. Keep your eyes on the forecast and alert team members if a storm is on the horizon.
  • Provide a warm place to take breaks. Even if it’s not snowing, temperatures on a construction site can quickly dip to unsafe levels. Provide employees with a warm, heated area to change out of wet clothing and enjoy a hot beverage.
  • Inform crew members of the dangers of increased heart rate. On particularly cold days, you might want to warn your employees to limit their consumption of nicotine and caffeine. These substances can artificially raise your heart rate, which causes us to feel warmer than we actually are. This makes it more difficult to spot the signs of hypothermia should they appear.
  • Warm up tools before usage. Your crew members aren’t the only ones who can be affected by freezing cold winter temperatures — your tools also need a warming up period to remain effective. Be sure to run your rammer hydraulic hammer or breaker on its lowest setting before use on the job site, and ensure that all components are properly lubricated before use.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a serious condition that can cause slurred speech, shivering, slowed pulse, or blue or purple skin. Inform your team members of the symptoms of hypothermia and ask them to report anyone showing these signs.

As a construction site manager, your number one priority is your team’s safety. If you’ve been using an old or unsafe hydraulic tool, consider replacing it with a used hydraulic hammer from us. We ensure that all of our models meet factory safety standards before they hit the shelves. Give us a call today to learn more and get started!

3 Tips for Sanitizing Construction Tools

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect nearly every industry, business owners are taking special precautions to ensure that employees are able to complete their jobs safely. If you operate a construction site, regularly sanitizing the rammer hydraulic breakers and breakers that you use on the job site can help prevent the spread of the virus. Here are three safety tips and cleaning procedures to implement on your construction site.

  • Wash hands before using any tools: One of the easiest ways that employees can prevent the spread of illness when sharing communal tools is by washing their hands regularly. Provide your employees with soap and warm water stations and encourage frequent handwashing. At the very least, employees should be washing their hands before they touch a tool and after they’re finished using it.
  • Avoid using cleaning solutions with corrosive materials: When it comes time to sanitize tools, avoid cleaning solutions that contain ammonia and household detergents. These solutions can damage the paint on your tools and cause them to wear out more easily. Instead, mix a little bit of mild soap and bleach into a bucket of warm water. Wipe down your tools with your soap solution, then wipe them down with warm water.
  • Allow tools that have come in contact with bodily fluids to rest: If you have an accident on your construction site, your tools might come in contact with bodily fluids like blood or saliva. If a tool comes in contact with bodily fluids, wipe the tool down with the soap and water solutions, and allow it to sit alone for 72 hours before use. This ensures that any bacteria or virus on the tool dies off before it’s used again.

Are the tools you use on your business sites safe and reliable? If you’re looking to invest in a new set of tools, consider the many used hydraulic breakers and breakers available through Hydraulic Breaker Services, LLC. Give our team a call today to learn more or claim your free quote!

3 Tips to Help Extend the Life of Your Hydraulic Hammer

If you own a home, you already know that one of the most important things you can do to avoid expensive repairs and replacements in the future is to perform regular maintenance. Home maintenance tasks like changing your air filters in your air conditioning units and repairing holes in your fencing prevent more expensive problems from forming later down the line.

The same can be said for your Kent or CAT H-115 hydraulic hammer. Taking a little time now to maintain your hammer will extend its life and leave you with more reliable tools for years to come. Read on to learn about three maintenance tasks you can perform to keep your hydraulic tools in top shape.

    • Perform regular visual inspections. Visually inspecting all of your hammer’s components is one of the easiest and quickest ways to spot small problems before they turn into major issues. Encourage your employees to inspect their tools closely after each shift.
      Take advantage of manufacturer’s maintenance tools. Most tool manufacturers produce custom tools that help you measure the condition of particular parts of each hammer or breaker’s system. Check which company manufactures your hydraulic hammer and use the manufacturer’s custom tools to ensure that each machine is receiving the maintenance it needs.
      Use proper lubrication. Properly lubricating the attachment of your hammer will drastically decrease the chances of a sudden breakdown. Check your attachment to ensure that it’s properly lubricated before each use. You may also want to regularly investigate your automatic greasing system for maintenance issues if your hammer has one.
  • Does your team own an Allied rammer or hydraulic hammer that’s in need of a repair or replacement? We have the tools you need to keep your team safe this fall season. Contact us to learn more about our current lineup of tools and services.

    The Most Dangerous Professions in The United States

    Everyone knows that some jobs have higher rates of death and injury than others. But are you working in one of the most dangerous jobs in America? According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the five most dangerous professions in the country.

    • 5. Refuse and recyclable materials. Trash collectors spend much of their day riding on a truck collecting materials. The majority of death and injuries in this profession come as a result of traffic accidents.
    • 4. Roofers. Roofers perform most of their work on top of buildings, which can mean being stories above the ground for hours at a time. Most accidents in this sector are the result of falls, slips, or trips.
    • 3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers. Both pilots and flight engineers are responsible for ensuring that their flight’s course is charted correctly and that the plane is in sky-ready condition. Most fatal injuries in this sector involve transportation incidents, and most accidents occur in the private sector.
    • 2. Fishers. Fishers work long hours and may spend months at a time at sea. Most fishing-related deaths involve boat accidents.
    • 1. Loggers. One major responsibility of being a logger is felling trees, either for aesthetic purposes or to collect wood for consumer products. Logging is the most dangerous industry in the United States, with around 97.6 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. Contact with equipment and falling objects is the primary cause of death and injury.

    Working with construction equipment can be exceptionally dangerous — especially if your team is using malfunctioning or out-of-date tools. If you’ve been putting off purchasing a new BTI hydraulic breaker, Atlas Copco hydraulic hammer, or another necessary tool due to budgeting issues, contact our team. We specialize in offering high-quality, rebuilt, used hydraulic breakers and hammers that provide you with the safety you need at a price you can afford.

    3 Benefits of Financing Your Next Hydraulic Hammer or Breaker

    As the summer season continues, construction professionals across the country are monitoring both their budgets and their teams to ensure that every project is completed safely and successfully. Unfortunately, after a slowed construction season burdened by COVID-19, small business owners may not have the cash they need on-hand to get the used hydraulic breakers or hammers their team needs to stay safe on the construction site. This can lead team members to continue using out-of-date or unsafe tools in an effort to save money.

    Hydraulic Breaker Services, LLC is proud to provide you with up to 100% financing for the tools you need to operate your business safely. Financing your next CAT H115 hammer or Atlas Copco breaker comes with a number of benefits for business owners, including:

    • More cash available on-hand. You never know when your business might run into a period of financial hardship. Financing your tools allows you to keep an easily accessible source of liquid cash to cover emergencies.
    • Get the tools you need now. If you don’t have enough cash on-hand to purchase the tools you need outright, you may continue using unsafe tools that put your employees at risk. At Hydraulic Breaker Services, LLC, we don’t only offer discounted rebuilt tools — we also make them easier to access and afford with comprehensive financing options. Financing your tools allows you to get the safe options your team needs without waiting.
    • Potential for tax deductions. Depending on the tool you purchase and the nature of your business, you may be able to deduct the price of your tool and your interest from your business’s taxes.

    Is your team continuing to use unsafe tools on your job sites? Now is the ideal time to learn more about financing options from Hydraulic Breaker Services, LLC. Give our team a call today to learn more and explore your options.

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