With the falling temperatures of the winter season upon us, now is a good time to review the cold weather safety protocol and health recommendations in order to keep your crew, and your equipment, crushing it.
The Dos and Don’ts of Crushing in the Cold
Nothing would be possible without your crew, so make sure they are wearing the appropriate winter gear, such as thick layers, to avoid health concerns, like hypothermia. A good way to start the day is with some stretches. Muscles become tight in the cold weather, so warming them up is a great way to avoid tears or strains. Always remain vigilant of your crew to make sure no one is showing signs of any serious medical conditions and have plans in case of emergency.
The last thing to keep in mind with your crew is that more energy is used in colder temperatures than warmer. It’s important to not overexert their energy to complete a similar summer goal. “Working in the cold can be brutal and harsh, but with a little extra caution and patience your day can be as productive as if it were a warm summer day,” says Bill Compton, Service Manager.
Crushing is best accomplished in dry conditions, but as the weather fluctuates between freezing and warmer temperatures, moisture and ponding may present itself. On top of that, ice presents an issue of not only slips, but also falling through the ice if it is thin. Mark Simon, Service Technician, says “It is better to have crushed steady and safely and make money all day than it is to hurry up and jeopardize safety, and then lose 4 hours of production digging out your unit.”
Remember, your crushing operation is only at its best when your team and equipment are at their best.
The winter season can bring with it challenges and taking the appropriate precautions may slow production; but it is valuable to take the time to be prepared. By safeguarding against the cold, your team will remain up and crushing.
This article, and its advice, does not serve as an official safety recommendation by Eagle Crusher and should not be viewed as such. All relevant staff should consult their owner’s manual before operating Eagle Crusher equipment, or any other manufacturer’s equipment, and comply with the safety guidelines therein.
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