Snow removal companies depend on their plow drivers to be efficient and quick in clearing commercial properties. Customers and employees are unable to access a commercial property when there is a delay in plowing the parking lot or driveway remains. The snow removal companies miss potential opportunities due to less productivity. Moreover, they make a bad impression on the minds of their customers.
Snow plowing is a seasonal business that needs minimal investment. Private Snow removal contractors need a large truck and a heavy-duty commercial snow plow to start a business.
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Commercial snowplow safe practice
Before the first snowfall, visit every area that will be plowed to develop a plan for quickly and safely clearing the area. Look for speed bumps, bumper stops, sidewalk edges, curbs, drains, shrubs, signs, and fire hydrants.
Sketch a clear and detailed diagram, so that anyone from the team can refer to it while plowing. Detailed photos and information allow backup [in case of equipment failure or illness] to finish the task quickly and smoothly.
Discuss with customers about snow piling spot. While determining a spot for snow piling consider the –
- Streets & sidewalks
- Fire protection
- Customer entrances
- Property lines
- Water drains
- Wind direction
- Always wear a seatbelt and never stick your head out of the window. Unseen obstructions can make the truck stop suddenly causing personal injury.
- Start plowing during a storm to get an early start instead of allowing snow to hoard. Plowing during low-traffic reduces the number of pedestrians and cars in the lot.
- Clear the sidewalks first then plow the lot.
- Snow near the building needs to be pushed away from the walls first.
- Never rely on mirrors, when you reverse. Turn around to keep an eye on where you go.
- Plowing next to vehicles, curbs, and other obstruction needs extra caution.
- Never pile snow on building structure or vehicle or middle of the parking lot because snow may freeze solid, which will be hard to remove later.
- Snowbanks need to be pushed as far as possible to accommodate future snowfall.
- Never pile snow near dumpsters, electrical boxes, mailboxes, or water drains.
- The lights on the truck must be bright enough to get a clear view of the area you are plowing.
- Have a backup alarm, so that other vehicles know your truck is in a reverse mode.
- Use snow blowers carefully around buildings and parked cars to avoid damages.