Construction and mining industries are highly dependent on heavy equipment and if they do not work for a day can cost them huge sum of money. So the thing that becomes important for them is to ensure the health of the heavy equipment is in good shape and in case if there is any problem irrespective of how big or small it is, get it rectified then and there. It is not the operator’s work to check if the heavy equipment is doing well and is free from all issues. Though in our practical world, construction companies expect the operators to take care of that part as well. What operators can do is identify if there is any issue with the heavy equipment and if they see anything wrong, they can directly report it to the concerned authorities who will take up things in their control and try to fix it before things go out of control.
So when we speak about the concerned authorities, it can be the guys who are given the task to ensure that the heavy equipment are in good shape or it refers directly to the mechanics that are appointed by the companies to keep the machines in order. So the operators if identify any problem with the heavy equipment can report it to the mechanics and try to get it fixed in no time.
Now the crux of the matter is how competent are the mechanics that the company has hired. Well, if the mechanics are not competent enough, then it can be a grave problem for the construction company because they may not know what is wrong with the machine and eventually on one fine day, it will just stop working. There is no point to fire them then. You got to make sure that the selection process is stringent so that you can hire the cream or you can just collaborate with some freelancers who are good mechanics and pay them what they are worthy of.
In no way you should be risking the health of your heavy equipment by giving it to mechanics that do not have complete knowledge or lack experience in the subject matter. Hiring freelancers can be expensive but that will still be a worthy affair as their services will be anytime less than the total cost of the machine. Also you have to keep in mind the loss you may incur if the machine is non-functional for a day or so. Other than this, there are construction companies who appoint contractors to work for them. Now these contractors do not own the heavy equipment. They mostly get it on rent from someone else and they have to return it the way they got it. That is without any fault or any major wear and tear. This is why it is a must for them to have a tie-up with expert mechanics. You can also give the machines for monthly or bi-monthly maintenance to these mechanics. These create a good rapport with them and if there is a situation where a part needs to be replaced they might do that for you with minimum cost.