Having air conditioning in the cab of your truck or heavy equipment is important all year round. The heat of the summer can really make things uncomfortable – and even dangerous – when you don’t have the option of air conditioning, but it’s often useful in the winter months, too. In colder weather, or even on cool evenings or mornings, you can use air conditioning to clear off your fogged up windscreen. With Western Australia getting scorching summers and its fair share of cool weather, it’s vital to have the right tools to make sure you can use your vehicles comfortably and safely throughout the year.
Having your air conditioning stop working is upsetting. Unfortunately, it’s not just an aggravation. It can also be very dangerous if you don’t have air conditioning in the cabin of your vehicle during the summer months. Even on days when it doesn’t feel that hot outside, you can still struggle because you’re closed in a cabin doing a lot of work. Whether you’re driving around in a truck, or you’re using mining or excavating equipment, suffering in an overheated cabin isn’t enjoyable. You need that air conditioning fixed, and the sooner the better. Of course, you might not have the parts required at your location, or you may not be where you can bring your equipment in for service easily. Lyons Air Conditioning has you covered.
When you have mining equipment, construction equipment, big trucks, or what you need for earthmoving, it’s important to have the right parts to keep the air conditioning running in them. Especially during the brutally hot summer months, you can’t let your employees work without some air conditioning in the cabin of their vehicle. They could end up with heat exhaustion or could even die if they aren’t kept cool enough. Even on days when it’s not dangerously warm, your employees could end up uncomfortable and not able to do their jobs as efficiently if they don’t have good air conditioning.
Choosing the right fridge doesn’t have to be difficult, but you’ll want to make sure you get the one that’s going to work for you. Your company’s needs may be different from what is required by other companies. Portable fridges can be an excellent way to stay cool and comfortable on the job, and ensure that you have cold water and other drinks available to you at all times. The summers can get very hot, and you don’t want to have to stop working due to the heat. However, you also have to be careful that you don’t overdo things, or end up with heatstroke because you pushed yourself too hard.
It’s no secret that mining is a dirty, dusty job. The summer heat and the rugged terrain of most mining operations combine to create a lot of dust and debris in the air. If you don’t have the proper cabin pressurisation in your mining equipment’s cabs, you could be breathing in all that dust. Naturally, that’s something you want to avoid. The dust itself isn’t good for your lungs, and you can end up with respiratory problems from breathing too much of it.
When it’s winter, the last thing you probably think of is your truck’s air conditioning. Even with cold temperatures, though, it is important to keep that system serviced and working properly. It’s often easier to get an appointment to have your vehicle’s air conditioning serviced during the winter months, because there is less demand for cold air blowing through a truck. You can also work on your own vehicle if you can get the right parts and equipment. No matter how you choose to service your air conditioning – yourself or by taking it to Lyon’s Air Conditioning – you’ll want to make sure it’s ready when summer comes around.
The use of HC refrigerant has been a hot topic for some time, but a recent court case has brought it more fully into the spotlight. The case involved a $3,000 fine and $690 in costs for a mechanic who was careless about the use of HC refrigerant. That carelessness resulted in an explosion that destroyed a customer’s car, many of their belongings, and severely damaged their home.
In and around the now-condemned town site of Wittenoom, the “blue ghosts” of the past still haunt the area. The blue asbestos that was mined there for over 30 years continues to kill people through the insidiousness of mesothelioma. The children of the miners are dying, now, from hugging their fathers when they came home from a long day of mining, covered with dust that no one realized was so deadly. The products of the mine were left where they were dumped when the mine was abandoned, exposing the asbestos to the elements, and leaving the local population at risk.
As commercial auto electricians in Perth, Lyons Air works with all kinds of clients whose jobs require time on the road: people in transport, earthmoving and mining. Many of our clients have fleets of cars, trucks or specialised equipment, and we keep the electrical systems and air conditioning in the cabs in good repair. In the past, we’ve posted about the dangers of heat illness on the job. However, heat illness isn’t the only hazard that drivers and equipment operators face. Fatigue is a huge danger, too, especially for people whose work requires them to spend long hours driving a car or truck.
In the past few weeks, we’ve talked a little bit about heat illness: the unpleasant and potentially deadly consequence of physical overheating. From what it is to the levels of severity, we’ve laid out how to identify heat related illness, how it affects the body and how it can progress. From rashes and nausea to confusion and lightheadedness, heat illness is a real danger to people who work in unconditioned or semi-conditioned environments and on the road here in Western Australia. Here are some things you can do to minimise your risks.