Tyres for forestry equipment is something of an unknown area. Earthmover vehicles in forest location presents some of the same challenges that using earthmover vehicles in quarrying, dock side and in agriculture have, but it also presents its own challenges.
Putting aside safety and efficiency respect for the environment and the need to minimise damage is a big issue, especially on soft ground. And this is not just when timber is being felled, timber wagons make repeated journeys into the forests for a variety of reasons, including maintenance, planting and transportation of logs.
In 2006 over 100,000 worn tyres were taken off cars, trucks and earthmover vehicles. About 70% of these tyres were recycled, 28% were added to landfill or stockpiled and created a major waste problem.
Piles of stockpiled tyres can present a fire hazard, even tyres in landfill sites can be ignited. Once started, these fires are difficult to extinguish and can burn for days as we often see in the news. Burning tyres give off some serious pollutants including water borne pollutants. Tyres in landfill sites can be unstable and tend to rise to the surface, creating potential fire hazards and limiting options for future land use.
Depending on the weather July, August, September and October are our busiest time of year for tyre repairs, replacements, call outs for agricultural vehicles. Harvesting followed by drilling and planting brings in big demand for our services on site and in some very interesting locations!
The call outs includes tyre repairs and replacements for everything from combines, to tractors. We have a wide range and large stocks of tyres for agricultural vehicles and tractors.
It is essential that tyre removal, replacement and inflation should be tackled only by competent staff and that staff comply with all applicable fitting and safety instructions.
Manual handling injuries account for nearly a half of all tyre-related incidents. Manual handling is the lifting, carrying, supporting or moving of heavy or bulky loads by hand or bodily force. These are usually caused as a result of a single lift of a heavy object. This is the cause of over 30% of all injuries in motor vehicle repairs.
Compaction is a problem for famers and growers and has an impact on vehicles using fields and field tracks. This is why modern farming techniques use set lanes through crops. Compaction in fields is inevitable it can be managed but not eliminated. Compression affects soil structure and fertility which is why it is essential to set and use specific lanes.
As spring is under way, the farming and agricultural industry is gearing up for another busy season. Field-work means vehicles and tyres must be safely and properly inflated for meting heavy workloads and busy schedules.
Wheel changing of large agricultural vehicles is not easy and safety has to be paramount. In open uneven ground the situation can be even more complicated. Tyres can explode if they are not inflated safely. Serious accidents, including fatalities, have been caused by unsafe practices during wheel and tyre changing and when inflating tyres.
Apart from snow this winter we seem to have experienced every type of extreme weather possible, with gale force winds and torrential rain being the worst. Wet weather increases dangers for plant driving on and off road and in these conditions it is even more essential to have safe tyres with the right pressure and suffient tread (link this to blog on safety of tyres and how to check them).