With a lasting economic downturn, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you stay on budget and within deadlines. And while some delays are inevitable — those caused by extreme weather, for example — it’s preventing the preventable that’s crucial for maintaining efficiency.

So smart contractors and managers are increasingly focusing on proper equipment maintenance and operator training to diminish the risk of costly downtime.

Take Aerial Work Platform (AWP) equipment, for example. On a large construction project, you may have as many as five workers relying on a single piece of equipment, such as a 60-foot boom. If the boom is non-functioning –– and can’t be repaired or replaced for four hours –– you quickly begin accruing costs. In fact, employee downtime alone could total more than $1,600.

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