Snow & Ice 2003

Playing it Safe

Jul 29, 2005 11:25 AM, By John Habermann, Purdue University

No matter how well you do your job, at some point, you’re going to be left out in the cold—literally. So you’d better be prepared. While you can’t control when Mother Nature is going to unleash the next winter storm, you can control how effectively and safely you deal with it. This means making sure your equipment is in a state of readiness throughout the winter and that crews can take to the streets at a moment’s notice. It also means instructing your drivers not only how to safely operate a truck, plow and spreader, but also what to do should equipment fail or if they suffer an accident. Ideally, proper planning, training and equipment maintenance would prevent this from happening; however, sometimes no amount of preparation can prevent an accident and equipment can be as unpredictable as Mother Nature, regardless of upkeep. So your best approach is to prepare for even the worst-case scenario. ...

Deicers ... and the Degrees They'll Go To

Jul 29, 2005 11:42 AM, By Greg MacDonnell, The Dow Chemical Co.

Many landscape contractors and maintenance professionals do not use chemical deicers properly. They apply the deicer liberally and wait for it to completely melt snow and ice from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. This is simply not good practice. It requires too much deicer, is too costly and can lead to other problems....

To Plow & Protect

Jul 29, 2005 1:17 PM, By Clare Adrian Day

Fall, especially in the northern tier of the country, marks the time to get ready for snowfall. Early preparation allies with prevention to protect your equipment and your customer’s properties from damage. Given the capriciousness of Mother Nature, you’re rarely going to be able to predict exactly when to be ready for a storm. So there is no time like the present to become aware of safety, maintenance and preparation guidelines for the arrival of Ol’ Man Winter’s precipitous gifts. Whether attaching a v-plow or straight blade snowplow to a truck, tractor or a skid-steer loader, you should take action well in advance of the first snowfall....

Throwing Snow

Aug 1, 2005 12:57 PM, By Erin Chapman, Editorial Assistant

As winter approaches, it is time to start thinking about snow removal. Whether you’re purchasing a new snow thrower or dusting off the old one, it is important to be aware of the dangers of this piece of equipment and to know how to safely operate and maintain it. ...

Slippery Liability

Aug 1, 2005 2:37 PM, By Tracy Powell

When there’s a chill in the air, does the thought of liability lawsuits loom in your mind? If not, be prepared for a long, cold winter that might cost you more than last summer’s profits—it could cost you your shirt....

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