Safety in Snow

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 seat-belt while plowing.  If it is necessary to have a passenger in the plow truck – seat-belt 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 f

rom 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 – Carhartt jacket, Carhartt 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.