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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.

COVID-19 continues to be a safety threat across the country — but using old, worn-down, or damaged Stanley hydraulic breakers, Kent hydraulic hammers, and other tools can pose a significant safety risk as well. If your team is using tools that don’t meet minimum safety standards, contact us today to learn more about how you can add affordable rebuilt models to your equipment lineup and keep your employees safer.

3 Ways to Show Your Employees That You Appreciate Them

Valentine’s Day might have passed for the year — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still take the time to show your appreciation to your employees this February! Let’s take a look at a few simple methods you can use to give your team a morale boost before the beginning of the busy construction season.

Express gratitude on social media. Everyone enjoys having their special achievements acknowledged. An easy and free way to help show your employees that you appreciate the work they do is to use your social media page to give them props. Birthdays, service anniversaries and the last day of major projects are all excellent opportunities to celebrate.

Treat your employees to food. There’s nothing that motivates a team quite like enjoying a free meal. Start a weekly or monthly pizza party or lunch devoted to ordering out for your team’s favorite food. You can take a survey to choose a lunch or dinner from a few local options — don’t be afraid to try something new every so often, as well.

Ask for ongoing feedback. Sometimes, the best way to show your employees that you appreciate them is to listen to them and ask for their feedback. Set up an anonymous suggestion box on your worksite and request ongoing employee feedback. Take comments and concerns seriously and address them promptly. You might not even realize that your CAT or Atlas Copco hydraulic breaker is on the fritz — but your employees will notice, if you fix it quickly.

An excellent way to show your team that you care about their well-being is to make sure that the tools they use are safe and effective. If you’re searching for new or used hydraulic breakers to keep your staff safe, be sure to contact the team at Hydraulic Breaker Services. Give us a call today to learn more or to claim your free quote.