The number of persons on any piece of operating construc-
tion equipment will not exceed the number of seats.
4. Personnel assigned to operate automotive,
construction, or material handling equipment must be
qualified and licensed.
5. Equipment is made available for preventive
maintenance service as scheduled by the maintenance
6. Personnel operating automotive, construction,
or material handling equipment perform operator
maintenance as scheduled.
7. Personnel are familiar with current published
battalion policies for the use of CESE (civil engineering
support equipment) for recreational purposes.
8. Equipment is not to be used to store tools,
materials, or personal gear.
FIRST ECHELON MAINTENANCE
Proper maintenance is the responsibility of the
operator. Each operator must perform daily
maintenance and keep the assigned vehicle and/or
equipment clean, safe, and in serviceable condition. An
operator must inspect equipment daily and note any
defects. Defects noted must be corrected before a
serious breakdown or mishap occurs. Many units of
equipment have hourly and daily lubrication points.
This lubrication is the responsibility of the operator.
Supervisors must ensure that equipment is maintained
as outlined in the operators manual.
Operators are responsible for the prestart
inspection. This inspection consists of performing the
services listed on the operators Inspection Guide and
Trouble Report, NAVFAC 9-11240/13 (hard card), or
the operators Daily PM Report, NAVFAC 11260/4, as
appropriate. This inspection basically covers inspection
of fuel, oil, water, hydraulic fluid, and battery levels.
And it includes inspections of tires, lug nuts, lights,
safety devices, drive belts, and cargo and mounting
equipment. The prestart inspection also covers leaks,
exterior or interior damage, and any required
lubrication. Do not operate or allow crew members to
operate defective or unsafe equipment. Note the
discrepancies on the hard card/daily PM report and
forward them immediately to the dispatcher.
The operator must use his/her senses to detect items
needing attention. Each sense (smell = burning rubber,
grease, or clutches; hearing = unusual noises; sight =
instruments; and feeling = drag, pull, or vibration)
signals information. Tires should be inspected
periodically for flats and rocks. If you suspect a defect,
stop the equipment and investigate. Before returning
equipment to use be sure that defects that could damage
the equipment or impair safe operation are repaired.
After completing operation, each operator must
perform the established shutdown procedures (as
prescribed in the appropriate operators manual) and
other directed services. These services usually consist
of checking equipment cleanliness (wash and steam
clean as appropriate); draining air tanks and covering
exhaust stacks; closing doors, windows, and hoods;
setting brakes and chocking wheels; blocking dumpbeds
for draining; and topping-off fuel tanks. Supervisors
need to be sure that the equipment is protected against
the weather and that the hard card/daily PM report is
completed and returned to the dispatcher.
Preventive maintenance is scheduled maintenance
that has as its prime objectives maximizing equipment
availability and minimizing unnecessary repair cost. Preven-
tive maintenance consists of safety and serviceability
inspections, lubrication and minor services, and
adjustments beyond those of operator maintenance.
The standard interval between PM service inspec-
tions for NCF equipment is 40 working days. It is the mainte-
nance supervisor who determines if the PM interval for
an item of equipment should be reduced. You must never
extend the interval between PM service inspections
beyond the prescribed 40 working days for active CESE.
SCHEDULING AN EXCAVATION
Coordinating equipment requirements between
several companies and many projects takes good
communications. ALFA company tracks their workload
based on original schedules and weekly goals. If the
crew leader can see an activity requiring ALFA company
support is going to slip, the crew leader must contact the
chain of command immediately. The chain of command
needs to know if a crew is not going to be ready and
when to reschedule an excavation. Getting clearances
for an excavation (digging permits) are the
responsibility of the crew leader. These permits will
become part of the project package. Figure 3-21 is a
form for requesting clearance from public works.
The rest of this chapter will cover ways to help you
organize your construction site. Jobsite management
includes material, tools, jobsite appearance, visitors,
field offices, initial setups, and inspections.