It's a heavy-duty responsibility keeping heavy-duty equipment operating in peak condition during a big project. From new road construction and bridge building to excavation for new housing developments and commercial complexes, the projects you supervise will always have two big challenges. In construction contract terms, these challenges are 1.) meeting the deadline, and 2.) not going over budget. Or, in more straightforward terms – time and money are the key driving forces in your supervisory role. With these pressures, you need both the heavy equipment and the smaller vehicles in the fleet functioning at optimum levels. Bringing a fuel delivery service onto your team is an important part of ensuring the timely, cost-efficient operation of all vehicles.
In an environment where construction of a 4-lane highway costs up to $10 million per mile, and a medical facility up to $225 per square foot, the last thing you need is earth-movers, graders, cranes and dump trucks sitting idle because they ran low on diesel. You don't need your personnel waiting in line at the gas station to fuel up smaller vehicles on their way to pick up and deliver supplies and paperwork, either. After all, getting the right items on-site without delay can have a significant impact on finishing a task on time or having it run past deadline. And delayed paperwork, such as change orders, site plan modifications and approval signatures from authorizing agencies, can make a big dent in your budget and work schedule. Giving your equipment operators and other personnel easy access to diesel and gasoline right on the job site can eliminate this type of costly delay and downtime.
Job Site Fuel Solutions
During the early stages of construction planning, set up a meeting with the fuel delivery service and your fleet manager to determine the projected frequency and volume of fuel consumption. Based on these numbers and an assessment of the physical work-site, you can mutually determine which types of service will keep the project moving in high gear. Your options include:
On-site bulk tanks. The traditional method of storing diesel fuel at a construction site, these large-capacity tanks are positioned in a place where heavy equipment can maneuver easily for a fill up. The set-up and maintenance procedures, and numerous safety procedures and precautions, must all be in compliance with government regulations. You will need to obtain permits from local authorities, and count on routine inspections by regulatory agencies. Your fuel supplier will also operate within the guidelines required for deliveries to keep the bulk tanks filled and ready for use during all working hours. The trade-off for the effort of having fuel tanks installed so close to where the work is actually happening is a high level of convenience that contributes to increased productivity.
Wet hose service. With wet hose service, fuel is pumped directly from the delivery truck into the work vehicle and heavy equipment fuel tanks. This method of refueling is often preferred for massive projects such as pipeline and road construction where the work-site changes as the project progresses. Although this type of delivery service may cost a little more, your budget won't have to absorb the expense for bulk tank installation. The delivery truck operator drives directly to the job site, personally fuels the equipment and records the volume for prompt reporting so your accounting team can closely monitor the budget.
On-site fuel stations. Although smaller than bulk fuel tanks, fuel stations still require appropriate safety and regulatory oversight. These tanks are often put on-site to supply gasoline-powered equipment, such as generators, and the pick ups, vans and cars used for construction-related activity.
In the construction field, the old adage "time is money" applies. Using a reliable fuel delivery service like Enright and Sons will help you reduce wasted time to save money so that you meet your deadline and budget goals.
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