January 29, 2019

One of the most difficult areas snow contractors have to deal with is “sidewalks”.  Most contractors shy away from this kind of work.  And, with good reason.  Too often we experience labor issues associated with getting guys to get out in the elements and battle the sn...

January 9, 2019

Scheduling crews, tracking time spent on sites and accurate record keeping are all viable concerns of the growing snowplowing contractor.  It is relatively easy to grow a snowplowing business, but keeping that business requires organization.  Most (but not all) contrac...

January 3, 2019

Technology in our industry has traditionally taken a backseat to brute force and hard work. The thinking was how much “technology” could be introduced when we have done the same work, the same way since 1905? We slap a piece of steel on the front of a vehicle with rubb...

September 25, 2018

Snow plow operators/employees/subcontractors should be required to view the properties they will service during plowing operations before the season begins.  Finding curbs and manhole covers during a snowstorm can be dangerous to the operator as well as opening up the...

August 21, 2018

The ‘large crew supervisor’ must make a choice to reduce (or eliminate) his own productivity in order to keep five men up to speed, or allow their productivity to drop to maintain individual productivity.

Most large crew supervisors do a little bit of both and lose both...

August 14, 2018

One drawback of small crews on large properties is they cannot complete the work fast enough.  They spend too much time on-site, or do not get the job done on time.  One answer to that problem is increasing the crew size.  All that is needed is a crew-cab truck and a f...

August 7, 2018

In sidewalk snow removal work we do not perform activities that offer opportunity for positive synergistic effect.  In fact, we have the opposite.  When we increase the crew size, we lose efficiency.  For example; send one person to do a job that takes 4.0 hours of ela...

July 31, 2018

The most efficient crew size for performing sidewalk snow removal activities has been discussed, argued, and subjected to trial and error testing.  Since sidewalk snow removal emerged as a separate (or specialty) business, the issue became more important.  By adding mo...

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