Productivity Boosting Tips

In order to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace, your business needs to be able to retain employees, drive innovation and deliver to customers a superior product/service. The way to do this is to ensure that your crew’s workplace productivity stays at a peak. With that said, here are some tips to increase productivity at your job site.construc

  • Maintain and regularly update inventory: Be sure that you know what equipment you have and what equipment you may need in the future should the requirements of a given job change. Buying a used telehandler for sale is of little good if you are not on top of it and the other equipment you own.
  • Properly train supervisors: Train all on-site supervisors to be active and attentive across the site.
  • Conduct an activity analysis: Take some time and evaluate what is happening on the site and then evaluate the results. You may find better ways to store equipment, layout the workplace, distribute manpower etc.
  • Improve communications: Make sure that workers and supervisors are communicating with each other efficiently otherwise costly mistakes may be occurring.
  • Don’t be afraid of technology: Don’t be afraid to use the latest apps, software and other technological aids to help you increase productivity. The time spent learning new technologies could pay off with a more efficient and effective work crew.
  • Pay attention to safety: Injuries are costly in that they slow down production and increase downtime. Be sure that everyone on the site receives proper safety training and abides by those regulations.
  • Maintain tidy, highly organized construction sites: Well organized work sites are more efficient than sloppy work sites and they decrease the risk of injury.
  • Allow your team to challenge the work process: Empower your team to give you feedback about the work process. Members may be able to suggest better, more efficient ways to perform certain tasks.
  • Manage equipment productively: Make sure that every piece of equipment is being fully utilized and that you are using the right equipment for the right job. We have telehandlers for sale that have been tested and proven to perform well in a number of work site environments.

 

In short, focus on productivity and the result will be evident. You will have fewer injuries, less downtime, and more satisfied customers.

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Facts About Workman’s Compensation

With spring already here and summer rapidly approaching, many construction companies are seeing an increase in jobs. This is excellent since the economy thrives on construction jobs that require heavy equipment such as our Genie compact telehandler and our Genie Gth 5519. Unfortunately, warmer weather plus more jobs often equal more worker injuries. When the inevitable and undesirable happens and workers are injured, it is the duty of owners to know about worker’s compensation laws and how it protects workers and helps them as well. Let’s look at this law and some facts that are ultimately intended to not just help workers but are also intended to keep businesses running smoothly.

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Workman’s compensation is a kind of social insurance that is intended to assure some recompense for occupational injuries sustained by workers. Prior to its advent in the 1900s, an employee’s only recourse would be to use the legal system to compel his employer to take care of him/her when he/she became injured on the work site. Today, workman’s compensation is so prevalent that it is presently required in every state except Texas. Here are some things you should know about workman’s compensation as an employer.

 

  • Even if you’re not required to have it, you still need it: Companies that don’t provide worker’s compensation are vulnerable to lawsuits and hefty fines when worker’s become injured on the job site.
  • An employer’s responsibility does not end once a Workers’ Comp Claim is paid: Employers should have a “return-to-work” program in place once the injured employee returns to work.
  • Technology does not eliminate the need for workman’s compensation: There are many technologies that make heavy equipment safer than in generations past but injuries will always occur. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because of these developments.
  • Independent Contractors: Many states have laws that make employers responsible for the injuries sustained by independent contractors in their employ.
  • Extra Territorial Coverage: Most state’s workman’s compensation laws have extra territorial coverage that extends coverage to injuries sustained outside of the state where an employee is employed.

Yes, the rules governing workman’s compensation are complex but knowing what they are and how they help employers and employees alike is worth it. Have a safe and productive spring and summer from Ironworks Corp Trading, Inc.

Is it Time to Replace Your Construction Equipment?

The decision of when to replace heavy equipment can be a tricky one for site managers. On one hand, there is the desire to get the maximum amount of utility from every piece of equipment. On the other hand, is the desire to not wait too long to replace old, damaged equipment since doing so can give rise to a whole host of problems. Sometimes repair is an option but often replacing a piece of equipment is more cost efficient in the long run. In order to decide when it is time to replace a machine, you need to look at a number of factors such as:

 

  • Costs of downtime – Machine breakdowns cost companies money. These losses occur in the form of repair costs and idle work crews. If your old, damaged equipment is beginning to increase downtime for your project, you should consider purchasing new or used equipment.
  • Maintenance expenses – Older machines are particularly expensive to maintain as they require daily upkeep.
  • Utilization – Factor into your decision how often a particular piece of machinery is being used. A machine that is being used often – daily, for example – should not be out of commission for any period of time.
  • Job site needs – Work sites need to change as projects grow, move to a new location, etc. These kinds of moves will dictate the kinds of equipment you need, crew size, etc.
  • Safety concerns – Old, damaged equipment cannot only cost money to maintain; they can also endanger their operators. Have your older equipment inspected to determine if they pose a risk to workers and therefore need to be replaced.
  • Potential ROI – Calculate how much your company stands to gain by adding new equipment to its inventory. New equipment is an investment in your company. For example, buying a used telehandler for sale can potentially increase your productivity and decrease repair costs. This will give you a better return on investment.

 

Finally, the decision to replace equipment can be tricky but it is one that presents an excellent opportunity for companies and equipment managers to improve worker safety, decrease repair costs and downtime, etc. Our telehandler for sale is just one of the many pieces of equipment you may wish to consider as you make this decision based on the above factors.

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Keep it Clean: Extending the Life of Your Equipment

As every site manager knows, dirt, mud, sand, gravel and grease can all conspire to shorten the life of heavy equipment. This in turn can lead directly to costly repairs and/or the need to buy new equipment. This is just one reason why it is so important to thoroughly clean your heavy equipment. Other advantages to keeping your heavy machinery clean are that it:11-7

 

  • Makes maintenance and repairs simpler
  • Helps improve productivity by decreasing the amount of downtime per machine.
  • Increases worker safety
  • Promotes sanitary conditions. When unclean equipment is used in an agricultural environment, for example, it can spread dangerous bacteria to livestock.

 

Best Practices for Equipment Cleaning

 

Be it a brand new backhoe or a used telehandler forklift, the most common way to clean and protect your heavy equipment is with hot water pressure washing. The advantage to this method is that it, used in conjunction with good, quality soap, can break down grease more efficiently than say cold water pressure washing. Cleaning your equipment infrequently can make each cleaning period that much more difficult since grease can harden. Moreover, used efficiently hot water pressure washing can reduce ground run-off which helps the environment. (Cold water pressure washing takes more time to eliminate the same amount of grease, dirt, etc., than hot pressure washing does.) The important thing is that owners and managers commit to regularly cleaning their machines. Owners who clean their equipment infrequently should consider hiring professionals. A qualified professional tech specializes in cleaning machines whereas an equipment operator may not.

 

In short, the advantages of keeping your equipment clean extend far beyond simple aesthetics. At Ironworks Trading Corp, Inc. we make sure that our used equipment is clean and fully functional so that you can derive from it the same value you would from a new machine. Our used telehandler for sale is carefully inspected as is the rest of our equipment prior to every purchase. We want to be sure that you get the best utility from our equipment.

Construction Industry Trends for 2017

In a time when bad news is everywhere you look in the headlines it is always gratifying to be able to report good news. (That is especially if that news appears to be hidden beneath the more depressing headlines.) At Ironworks Trading Corp, – where we have a used telehandler for salewe are particularly mindful of news that affects the construction industry. Several construction experts are reporting that the boon in construction that characterized 2016 has continued right through February of 2017 and shows no sign of abating. The site Realtor.com attributes part of this growth to the demographic influence of Baby Boomers and Millennials. Moreover, experts on the site report that residential, single and multifamily home ownership is projected to grow in 2017 between 8% – 10%.logo

However, not all of the news is good. Marcum’s Commercial Construction Index predicts that nonresidential construction will continue to soften during the current year. Moreover, there is a labor shortage in some parts of our industry. This being said, forecasters say that construction has grown by 6.3% over the past year. ConstructConnect has predicted that this improved growth may carry over into 2018. This trend of growth in our industry has been shown the most in office construction which has increased by 12.9%, healthcare at 12.6% and lodging at 12.4%. The same experts are saying that another trend that will continue in the construction is the use of technology. Virtual reality, aerial drones and special software systems will become increasingly important in the construction of new buildings.

The take away from all of this is that we are cautiously optimistic about future growth in the construction industry. At Ironworks Trading Corporation, Inc. – where we have a used telehandler forklift and other construction equipment for sale – we believe that a healthy business sector means a healthier overall economy. We hope to provide your company with the tools it needs to participate in this boon and will continue to be on the lookout for good news that is too often submerged beneath the more salacious headlines.

Tips for Transporting Heavy Equipment

One of the biggest challenges there is to being a fleet manager comes when he or she must work out the logistics of moving heavy equipment from one distant location to another. Doing so requires careful planning, the right driver (s), knowledge of all applicable safety regulations, the proper licenses, route knowledge and no small amount of luck. Equipment like our Terex telehandler and our Ingersoll Rand telehandler can be moved to many locations but must be handled by professionals who are aware of the dangers that are potentially involved. First and foremost these dangers include vehicle accidents, money loss, and fines for the driver (s) and company. For these reasons, construction companies should follow these best practices when transporting heavy equipmenttruck-1379566_640nt over great distances.

 

Prior to loading

 

  • Be sure to follow all loading guidelines.
  • Determine where all equipment will be placed on the transport vehicle to ensure proper balance
  • Inspect the transport vehicle thoroughly for tire pressure, fuel levels, etc.

 

During loading

 

  • Use chocks, cradles, wedges and other means to keep wheels from rolling.
  • Use the equipment manufacturer’s attachment points and securement recommendations when loading your machines.
  • Use direct tiedowns and edge protection whenever possible.

 

After loading

 

  • Confirm the height, weight and size of each vehicle
  • Make periodic enroute inspections

 

Finally, more detailed regulations can be found under 49 CFR Part 392 and Part 393. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific regulations that can help you know how to secure your vehicles while they are being transported. Adherence to these rules keeps your equipment secure and travelers on our roadways safe.

How to Understand the Stability Triangle and Prevent Tipping

In situations where other types of vehicles would be wholly inadequate, forklifts and telehandlers are designed to lift and/or move objects of immense size and weight. That is their function. However, that does not make them invincible. A trade off for how indispensible they are is how dangerous they can be when improperly operated. One of the main dangers that forklift and telehandler drivers face is that of potentially deadly tip-overs. One way to reduce the threat this poses is by understanding some basic rules and ideas when it comes to heavy equipment usage. One concept that every well trained heavy equipment operator should be familiar with is that of the ‘stability triangle’. Basically this concept involves maintaining the optimum center of gravity for your vehicle at all times. The stability triangle is located over the two font load wheels and the back midpoint between the rear wheels. Your vehicle’s center of gravity should always be located within this triangle or your vehicle may tip over. Specific situations that can cause a tipover include:40910688638686

  • Overloaded Forklifts: Never load forklifts beyond their capacity and be sure to also pack them evenly.

·         Poorly selected forklifts: Be careful to choose the right forklift for the right terrain. We have a Skytrak telehandler that will handle most job situations.

·         Traveling or parking on a grade: Be careful when traveling on grades greater than 10%.

·         Alterations to the forklift: Alterations made to forklifts change their weight. Be careful as you add our used telehandler attachments that you consider this.

  • Excessive speed: When making turns, be sure to slow down.

According to a 2010 OSHA study, tipovers result in about 25% of lift truck fatalities. Ultimately, the best way to prevent tipovers is to properly train heavy equipment operators and to make them adhere to all safety regulations. Doing so reduces equipment damage and therefore cost. Most importantly, following these rules creates a safer workplace environment for all.

Women in Construction

Look at any construction site and you will see several things – fences, equipment, cement, dirt, steel and other metals and men. What you won’t see quite as often are women working alongside those men. That is because unfortunately there is still a gender gap between men and women in the construction industry. At Ironworks Trading Corporation we believe that America works best when workplaces are inclusive. We also feel that more female hires can potentially fill the gap in skilled labor that exists in some parts of the country. This is why we believe it is good business to actively seek to recruit women into the construction business. Many companies do this through mentorship programs and recruiting initiatives.

Another thing needed to help fill the gender gap in construction are sources women can turn to in order to seek information about entering the field. Here are several resources for women wanting to do just that.

  • National Association of Professional Women in Construction
  • Women Construction Owners & Executives USA
  • The National Center for Construction Education and Research Blog
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Conferences:

  • NAWIC Annual Meeting & Education Conference
  • Groundbreaking Women in Construction

 Publications:

  • The House That Jill Built
  • Into No Woman’s Land, War Stories of a Female Construction Worker3063632328_afb693b6e3_z

According to The National Association of Women in Construction, in as of 2014 only 9% of all the people working in construction were women. Many of those positions are administrative and not actually onsite. However, things are looking up as many companies are trying to close the gender gap. At Ironworks Trading Corporation we believe that America works best when all Americans are given the same opportunities. Look over our site for equipment like the lull telehandler to give your company assets that will help it flourish and grow.

 

How GPS Helps Your Project Management Goals

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We all know from experience with our own personal vehicles how useful GPS can be. In fact, some people may wonder how we ever did without them. For business owners and heavy equipment project managers GPS is an even more important feature than it is in our personal vehicles. It not only tells where a company’s assets (forklifts, telehandler, etc) are at any given moment, they are also helpful in areas such as, logging engine hours, inventory and management control, employee job site arrivals and departures, equipment usage, etc. This is why every owner should realize that no matter the size of his crew or nature of the work being performed, GPS is indispensable for not only protecting equipment from theft but for increasing overall productivity.

At Ironworks Trading Corporation, we know that whether their equipment is new or something like our used telehandler forklift, owners will want to maximize the efficiency of their crews. We encourage owners to look into the latest GPS systems for heavy equipment which now come with a whole host of features such as satellite coverage in rural and remote areas, text and email alerts for when equipment is moved, etc. Purchasing a Construction-of-the-Maracana-Stadium-in-Rio-de-Janeiro-Brazilused telehandler forklift for sale from us is of little benefit if owners are not able to determine how, when and where it is being used. We want all our customers to succeed not just in saving money on their next heavy equipment purchase, but also in securing and improving the efficiency of their fleets. An updated GPS system helps owners to accomplish this goal.

Tips for Negotiating Your Next Construction Contract

According to a September 2016 report published by Lucintel, the global construction industry is forecast to grow at a rate of 5.5% from 2016 to 2021. The trends that will spur this growth are the increase in population grown and urbanization. This means plenty of opportunities will be created for owners and workers in the construction industry. However, this forecast is meaningless if savvy owners aren’t able to first secure those lucrative contracts. This is why we at Ironworks Trading Corporation, where you can buy items to help your bottom line like a used telehandler, offer you these tips for negotiating your next construction contract.
Develop realistic cost projections: A solid, fact based estimate of construction costs, performance requirements, etc. will give you the upper hand when trying to secure a contract and make your firm look more professional.
Encourage candid discussions: Few things can be as time (and money) consuming than miscommunications between the owner’s project team and your construction project team. Make sure the lines of communications remain open and that you understand the owner’s needs.
Sell your project tea: Tell the owner about jobs you have completed and the experience your crew would bring to their project.
Get to know the owner’s project performance requirements: Know the owner’s objectives and his/her expectations and when he or she wants the project completed. This will eliminate disputes in the future that could cost you a client.
Finally, remember that there will always be other bidders. You are competing with them as well as trying to convince owners why your team will be better at helping them to accomplish their goals. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you will win the job simply by submitting the lowest quote. That will mean nothing if you cannot convince him/her that your team has the ability and experience to make their project a success.

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