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July 17, 2018

Once the decision is made to begin plowing operations (after the storm has begun), you need to get the word out to those that are working with, and for you.  A reverse pyramid system usually works best.  This is where you make the decisi...

July 10, 2018

Getting injured workers back on the job, being productive – can be a daunting task.  Communication is a major factor in successfully returning the injured employee to full time, full duty work status.  Communicate with the employee immed...

June 19, 2018

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 i...

April 10, 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 ope...

March 13, 2018

The myth that large crews provide better usability of supervision is a throwback to factory or assembly line thinking that really does not apply to on-site sidewalk snow removal crews.  The notion that one strong supervisor can supervise...

March 6, 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 ne...

February 27, 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 beca...

February 6, 2018

When it comes to sidewalk snow clearing production, we need to evaluate the importance of the production worker.  It is difficult, at first, to accept the reality that the production worker in snow removal operations (often the lowest pa...

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