Since the non-profit trade association for the snow management/removal industry, SIMA talks about snow a lot — and during earnings season, we try as much as possible to concentrate on safety. Right here are some tips that you should keep in mind for winter season if you drive snow with heavy or compact equipment.
Even though most equipment (hopefully) that you’ll use in winter weather will have a cab or at least some protection from the elements, be sure you still wear the appropriate clothing and protective equipment. Generally we recommend hard hat, protection glasses, and hearing security when operating skid guide loaders and other heavier equipment. Also, ensure you have no loose clothing that could catch on hydraulic or steering control systems.
Every day circle check
Pushing compacted snow can be tough on any piece of equipment, so be sure to execute a daily circle check of each and every machine that includes checking the fluids, attachments, tires/tracks, back again up alarms, lights, and other key areas for damage or problems.
Educate for safety
Safety Tips for Snow Removal Using Heavy or Compact Equipment
Anyone who will operate snow management equipment for your company should go through at minimum total annual refresher training on the machine(s) they will operate, and some in depth training specific to the uniqueness of managing compacted snow & ice with that machine. Your safety training should include basic security information, some hands-on time on the machine, and discussions about potential dangers. Also, ensure you have any operators sign off on safety training once the completed, and keep the files. SIMA has training videos available that include documentation
Efficiency + safety = success
Efficiency in snow removal is key to staying ahead of the storm. Efficiency doesn’t mean just working on the project faster, it means speed plus performance to a defined stage. Think of ways to ensure efficiency while fostering safety, like coordinating items of equipment onsite to work together.