Don’t forget the paperwork. At the end of the day the screed operator has paperwork responsibilities. He probably has time cards to complete, including proper coding and equipment, and he should complete a daily maintenance report. Paving contractors fail a lot in this aspect of the job because they often don’t report minor things they noticed that happened with their screed. These “minor” things often turn in to bigger problems and eventually cause paving to be shut down while the “minor” repair is handled.
Maintain a positive attitude and team spirit. I like to say “Quality is a team effort” and if that’s true the leader of the team, the “go guy,” is the person who generates that atmosphere. That’s the screed operator.
Coming in January: The paver operator.
John Ball, president of Top Quality Paving, will present paving seminars and workshops at both National Pavement Expo West, Nov. 20-22 in Las Vegas and National Pavement Expo, Feb. 18-21, 2009 in Charlotte, NC. For more information visit www.nationalpavementexpo.com. Reach John Ball at email@example.com.