Staying Safe Around Heavy Machinery
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Staying Safe Around Heavy Machinery

When I started working with my Uncle Bob last summer, I assumed that construction would be an easy, fun way to make a few extra bucks. However, I quickly discovered that construction work was serious business, filled with risks, difficulty, and rewards. After almost being creamed by a few backhoe booms, I learned how to stay out of the way. However, staying safe around heavy machinery isn't always easy to do. My blog talks about how to use machinery properly and what you need to do to stay safe so that you can return home to your family each and every day.


Staying Safe Around Heavy Machinery

3 Ways Your Construction Crew Can Use Your Air Compressor For Cleanup

Ashley Hayes

Your construction crew probably uses your air compressor for a lot of things, from powering your tools to pumping up tires. However, there is a good chance that your crew hasn't yet thought about using your air compressor for cleanup purposes. Luckily, your air compressor can be very handy for this purpose, so consider talking to your crew and giving these ideas a try.

1. Quickly Clean Up Messy Work Areas

Keeping your work area clean and as dust-free as possible is important, but it is also challenging. However, an air compressor can help. If you direct your air compressor hose at dusty corners and elsewhere in your work area, you can blow dust and debris into one area so that it's easy to sweep or vacuum up. This will take a little bit of practice at first so that you can control where you blow the debris, but once you get the hang of it, it can be a very fast and effective way of cleaning up your messy work area.

2. Clean Off Your Equipment

Although it is natural and inevitable for your equipment to become dirty and dusty during the average work day, it shouldn't be left that way. Dusty equipment can make otherwise clean work areas messy, can cause you to track debris into your work vehicles, and can even damage your equipment by causing clogs and overheating.

Luckily, it should be a breeze to get your work equipment clean if you have your air compressor on hand. Simply aim the end of the hose at dusty equipment, and you can blow the dust and debris off of it quickly. Not only is it a fast way to clean your equipment, but it's also a great way to clean off dusty fans and other parts of your equipment that you might not be able to access and clean easily.

3. Keep Your Work Vehicles Tidy

Even though you probably expect your work vehicles to get dirty, keeping them as clean as possible can help give your company a nice reputation. You can use your air compressor to quickly blow sawdust and other construction debris off of the outside and from the inside of your work vehicles so that they are nice and clean, at least until you are able to thoroughly vacuum and wash them.

As you can see, air compressors can be very helpful for cleanup for your construction crew. These are some of the cleanup ideas that you can try, but you may be able to experiment and find other ways that your air compressor can help with work site cleanup.