Best Practices for Winter Snow Removal

Best Practices for Winter Snow RemovalLooking to improve your snow and ice management process? A basic site engineering plan needs to include items such as safe snow stacking, steps to prevent melting/refreezing, a safety and training program, a parking lot and sidewalk clearing process, and knowledge of salt’s impact on the area around the facility.

Create a snow site engineering plan and verify a provider’s estimating process. Best practices for snow removal operations will entail a thorough understanding of the capacity needed to consistently clear a site from ice and snow, especially during major or drastic winter events. Following these tips and obtaining specialized insurance for your Connecticut snow plowing operation and its unique liabilities will help ensure that your snow removal process planning goes smoothly for the upcoming snowy season.

Execution and Responsiveness

Are you fully prepared for the snow removal season? Preparation is everything. Do you have the proper resources relating to the timing of snow removal and identifying key areas that need to be serviced first? Do you have at least two-weeks inventory of a product that helps control ice?

You must have a variety of ice removal products due to different products working in varying temperatures. You also want to consider planned reserve equipment and estimating your labor needs for snow and ice removal in your facility.

Identify priority snow removal areas such as handicap zones and fire hydrants. Prioritizing your sites and specific areas will help keep you one step ahead. Use a systematic site inspection process, and ensure that you have one person managing your snow removal process onsite for consistent results.

Strong Communication and Documentation

Document your snow removal process using a site visit or work completion logs. It’s helpful to use technology to help track your snow removal process such as an electronic reporting system. Developing a communications system such as a phone tree, electronic notification, will also help to get the word out about the condition of your facility during a snow event.

To ensure that those managing your snow removal process are up to date on the newest information, consider offering training and educational opportunities.

The manager or foreman assigned to manage your snow and ice removal process should have at least five years of field experience and the staff assigned to perform work on your site has two or more years of field experience to establish a strong team.


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