December 19, 2017

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 operator as well as opening up the...

December 12, 2017

What can we do to ensure that employees are safe during plowing operations ??  Here’s a couple tips that will help.  If you know it is going to snow, encourage your people to take a nap, or to go to bed early.  That way they are well rested for the all night plowing th...

December 5, 2017

The ‘large crew supervisor’ must make a choice to reduce (or eliminate) his own productivity in order to keep five men up to speed, or allow their productivity to drop to maintain individual productivity.

Most large crew supervisors do a little bit of both and lose both...

November 28, 2017

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 needed is a crew-cab truck and a f...

November 21, 2017

In sidewalk snow removal work we do not perform activities that offer opportunity for positive synergistic effect.  In fact, we have the opposite.  When we increase the crew size, we lose efficiency.  For example; send one person to do a job that takes 4.0 hours of ela...

November 14, 2017

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 became more important.  By adding mo...

November 7, 2017

Don’t hide the fact that you are making a profit at providing snow management services.  While it may seem like everyone is plowing snow, the fact is you are in the minority.  You provide a necessary service that requires specialized equipment, special talents and trem...

October 31, 2017

When talking with potential customers, extol the virtues of dealing with your company.  If you are a large contractor with a large fleet of equipment, you might point out that there is no excuse for not showing up on time (if enough snow falls soon enough to allow you...

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