Things to Do after a Construction Equipment Breakdown

Breakdown of heavy construction equipment is an expensive affair, and this cost is paid not just in terms of money. Calamities of this magnitude have a serious impact of the human resources, use of materials, as well as the project timeline. Equipment breakdown in a jobsite is aggravating for the project supervisor, stressful for the operator, and an extremely painful incident for the entire construction crew.

Temporary loss of just a single piece of machinery can very easily halt the entire operations in the site to a standstill. Until the machinery is replaced or fixed, the project managers will also have to deal with the downtime cost as the expenses for other resources and equipment will still have to be paid.

In the aftermath of a construction equipment breakdown, the very first step in the equipment repairing process is troubleshooting. In some instances, this process may take a lot of time, particularly if the individuals involved in the project are not well acquainted with the equipment that has malfunctioned.

There is no denying the fact that equipment failures are common in any job site. However, its chances and impacts can be minimised, if the company is well prepared with an effective troubleshooting system and a proper preventative maintenance program.

Mentioned below are the most common troubleshooting steps for equipment breakdown.

Equipment Breakdown Troubleshooting:

In simple words, troubleshooting refers to the process of finding out the reasons behind a problem and addressing them successfully. In case of an equipment failure, troubleshooting comprises of five basic steps.

Verification of the problem: Symptom recognition is the first step in this troubleshooting process. The first action should be getting in touch with the operator as they are extremely familiar with a particular machine and can provide primary details related to the incident. The trouble-shooters should also observe the system or equipment thoroughly to understand the problem area. This involves evaluation of their observations, examination of the log of the equipment, and noting down if there is any abnormal symptom.

Narrow down the root cause: This step generally depends heavily on the intuition, experience, and technical skill of the trouble-shooter. The root cause of the problem can be narrowed down by reading the instruments or the equipment and using testing equipment. If adjustments to the components of the equipment don’t help, disassembly of the equipment may be required. These days, most of the construction equipment comes with troubleshooting guidelines and checklists from the manufacturer. This can help the trouble-shooters drill down to the factors responsible for the problem. Once the root cause is identified, the process of repairing the equipment can get underway.

Correcting the problem: In this step, the identified problem is rectified by performing the necessary repair work. It may also involve arranging a backup equipment or temporary replacement such as a spare or rental machine. Often times, however, this step will require replacing a machine component. Rather than just fixing the affected component, the focus of this step should be on eliminating the cause of the problem. Failure to address the root cause can very easily lead to future breakdowns and further complications.

Verifying that the problem is solved: Before the equipment is sent back to active operations, it must be ensured that the problem has been addressed successfully. Ideally, the components that were associated to the breakdown should be double-checked in this stage. Once the equipment’s proper operation is thoroughly verified, the trouble-shooter and the operator can be assured that the equipment can now resume its normal operations.

Follow up for prevention of future issues: The final troubleshooting step is to prevent and limit future issues by following up. This step involves taking precautions and making recommendations to protect the equipment from future breakdowns. Some of these activities my include

  • Ensuring more dependable performance by suggesting procedure modifications
  • Conducting awareness training programs for the operators as well as maintenance staffs.
  • Changing the suppliers of services or components
  • Altering the procedure or schedule for preventative maintenance.
  • Properly documenting the problem and the corrective measures taken in detail for the purpose of helping troubleshoot similar issues in the future.

Implementing these steps will help you get back to work within a relatively short time. If you have more questions related to your heavy construction equipment, please feel free to contact us at K and G Machinery.  Since the inception of our company in 2004, we have been providing all types of heavy engineering equipment for sale as well as rent. Please contact our experts today to discuss your requirement.