Preparing Your Operators
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 possibility of severely damaging the truck and/or plow. And remember, ALL plow operators must wear a seatbelt while plowing. If it is necessary to have a passenger in the plow truck – seatbelt use should be mandatory for these individuals too.
Sidewalk snow removal crews also require proper attire to work out in the elements. While they will be warm while using a snow pusher or shovel, once they stop the physical activity a chill can set in if they are not properly dressed. Heat escapes the human body more quickly from the uncapped head than from any other part of the body. A wool hat with a face mask can temper this heat loss, and also ward off frostbite during windy conditions. Additionally, warm feet are very important when working on a sidewalk snow removal crew. Good, warm footwear is a “must” if workers are to be productive.
Some companies will supply sidewalk workers with proper attire – carhart jacket, carhart bibs, waterproof boots and hats. Considering how much revenue these people generate for the companies they work for – and how little they are paid per hour – this is a small investment that can pay back big time.