By Jeff Eriks
April 20, 2015
Transfer stations in operation have several factors that play into proper maintenance of the building to keep it functioning and avoid or defer costly repairs far into the future.
The most important factor in running a transfer station is training your loader operator. A trained loader operator can stretch the lifespan of your tipping floor and push walls. These are not the only facility benefits for spending the time and money to train loader operators. In addition, your facility may also see maximized payloads, decreased loading times, and reduced damage to over-the-road hauler’s vehicles and trailers through their loading process. Essentially, training and management are the best ways to avoid an unfortunate disaster.
For example, in terms of maintenance to your facility, we break them down into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual items. This allows you to produce a checklist for your transfer station manager that they can use to make sure the maintenance is maintaining low operating costs.
Daily Maintenance Tips
- Remove materials from the floor at the end of a shift to meet most EPA guidelines. This also allows you to do a visual inspection to ensure that you don’t see any damage.
- Confirm overhead doors are up to during hours of operation. This will help to ensure that they do not get damaged by vehicles dumping in the facility.
- Confirm all safety signage and traffic control items are displayed and functioning.
- Verify all directional lights and other indicators for the site visitors are working.
- All entrance gates should be open all the way to help prevent damage from being hit.