Coronavirus today has already been declared a deadly virus becoming the cause of several deaths across the globe. Total lockdown is not the only solution. Also, no one can deny the fact that life should go on. Industries need to function, the different types of machinery need to be used including heavy equipment.
There are a set of guidelines, precautionary measures, and control instruction announced by the World Health Organization that applies not only to the general public but also to all the industries, commercial establishments, and construction industry at large.
Since the construction industry has the large scale involvement of construction workers, a diverse range of heavy equipment owned by companies and availed on a rental basis, it is necessary to take into consideration all the safety measures to prevent team members from being COVID-19 infected and it’s widespread in the community.
Before we understand the use of heavy equipment while avoiding coronavirus, let us learn more about it here.
About Coronavirus and its Impact
Coronavirus started from a city and gradually spread in the different nations. The number of infected patients and death is constantly increasing make it epidemic needing immediate control. Today around the world, almost all the countries are struggling to stop the spread of Coronavirus and have adopted various preventive measures to curb the spread of this deadly virus. Many countries have gone in complete lockdown and are urging its citizens to maintain social distancing which can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in mass.
The local government and administration in almost all countries have issued certain guidelines and precautionary measures to keep every citizen safe from Coronavirus infection. Along with following all the safety measures issued by the respective country government, the citizens must also maintain proper hygiene. Keeping self and other things clean is obligatory to prevent spreading this deadly virus further.
Key Measures to Prevent Coronavirus Community Spread
Major Coronavirus Carriers
NOTE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) can live up to 4 days on a solid surface. Hence, caution while using heavy equipment is strongly recommended.
Why it is necessary to disinfect heavy equipment?
It is very difficult to predict the Coronavirus carrier. The carrier can be anything including the varied heavy equipment. There can be different people using the same construction machinery. There are great chances of heavy equipment used by infected personnel diagnosed Coronavirus at a later stage. The heavy equipment or your co-worker can become the cause of COVID-19 spread in the other workers. Hence, it essential to strictly follow the WHO guidelines released in relation to COVID-19 spreading at a great pace. Disinfecting heavy equipment before its use can certainly minimize the risk of Coronavirus spread.
Can a truck or heavy equipment get infected from the coronavirus?
Tips to Use Heavy Equipment While Avoiding Coronavirus
Heavy equipment includes the widest category of trucks, crane, lifts, dozers, construction equipment, lifting equipment, and more.
Follow the following to clean heavy equipment properly
Isopropyl alcohol is also an effective disinfectant. It is safe and easy to use. It can easily remove residues, stains, dirt, and smudges. It also kills viruses and bacteria. Do not use it on surfaces or parts covered with leather. To clean the steering wheel bearing leather, seats, etc. you can use the mixture of water and soap. While cleaning the interior, make sure that you are using products that will not crack or dry out the leather used in making seats. Using the right cleaning agents is necessary.
The different types of materials, dirt removed or collected after cleaning heavy equipment should be properly disposed of by destroying them completely or treat the cleansing materials to prevent the transmission of coronavirus in others.
Get the heavy equipment to be used carefully sanitized, also the exterior surfaces. Coronavirus can stay on solid surfaces for up to 4 days and even more time, increasing the chances of more infection especially if the equipment is located at a populated area in a major city like New York City. It is important that people across the world use hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes for wiping the interiors and exteriors of heavy equipment as well.
Follow the below steps
Additional Tips for Heavy Equipment Companies
Sellers, buyers, and users of the different types of heavy equipment need to strictly keep in mind that there is no vaccine or cure to COVID-19. Hence, it is only the preventive measures, good cleanliness habits, and social distancing at work that can keep you safe from being infected with it.
So adhere to the above-mentioned cleaning practices. It can help you clean your heavy machinery, work safely, perform different construction, civil, and other work with due precautions along with reducing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease.