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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.

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Understanding the Symptoms of COVID-19

As a construction professional or a small business owner, you understand that keeping your employees safe is your top priority. You ensure that employees are taking their required breaks, that your Indeco hydraulic breakers and other heavy machinery meet safety standards, and you always ensure that your business is OSHA-compliant. But does your business have a plan to tackle COVID-19 on your job site?

Fighting back against COVID-19 begins by understanding the symptoms and removing infected employees from your job site before they have a chance to spread the virus to co-workers. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 that everyone should know and be able to spot.

  • Fever or chills. One of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 is a fever above the average body temperature of 98.6 degrees. You might want to take employees’ temperatures when they arrive at work.
  • Persistent coughing. COVID-19 is an illness that primarily affects the lungs, which means that persistent coughing is a common symptom. If one of your employees has difficulty breathing or pain or pressure in their chest, contact emergency medical services immediately.
  • New loss of taste or smell. Men and women infected with COVID-19 often report that they have difficulty smelling or tasting when they didn’t have limitations in these senses before. Be sure that employees know and understand this symptom so they can spot it and report it right away.

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