Posted on: January 3, 2019 3:38 pm
Winter is upon us and you know what that means – SNOW! Where there is snow there is snow removal. We know that a lot of our Alban Rents customers rent snow equipment from us to plow snow in their parking lot. So we’ve put together some tips on plowing your lot safety.
Before you even start plowing, it’s important to make sure you yourself are prepared. Do you have all your safety equipment? These can include: cellular phone or two-way radio, a fire extinguisher, tool kit, tow strap, flashlight, flares, first aid kit, ice scraper, lock deicer, a shovel and a bag of sand or salt? Are you dressed for the weather? Are you wearing your insulated boots, insulated underwear, a warm jacket, hat, gloves and sunglasses to combat snow glare?
Now that you are ready, is your machine ready? Be sure to check the following:
- Check your equipment’s tire pressure, engine belts for cracks and tightness, hoses for leaks and fluid levels including the engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, battery, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid (if applicable)
- If your Equipment has headlights, brake lights and turn signals to be sure they are in good working order, and make sure your strobe light is working if you have one. Also, look under the machine for obvious signs of leaking fluid
- You should never run out of fuel, so make sure your fuel tank is full before going out to plow
- Check your equipment attachment to make sure all bolts are tight. Look for cracked welds and hydraulic fluid leaks. Check your snowplow cutting edge. An over-worn cutting edge can result in costly repairs to the blade later
Now that you and your machine are ready, here are some tips on plowing that lot clean:
- Make sure you know where the customer wants you to pile the snow
- Use extra caution when plowing next to curbs
- If a significant amount of snow is expected, if you can plow with the storm, rather than letting snow accumulate
- Keep water drains and catch basins clear at all times
- Do not stack snow by the road so as not to block the visibility of vehicles coming or leaving the parking lot.
- Use caution when plowing next to parked cars–as the snow can push you into the car.
- When pushing snow that is next to a building, push away from the building
- If you are responsible for sidewalks, they should be shoveled first before you start plowing so that the snow can be plowed away.
- To start a pass, start the machine in motion. Then drop the blade
- As you come to the end of a pass, lift off from the accelerator while starting to use the brake. At the same time, start to raise the blade to help stack the snow
- Plow areas in front of buildings and overhead doors first. Drive up to the building, drop the blade, and pull the snow away from the building. Then turn your equipment around, back into the cleared area and push the snow to the outer edges of the lot
- Push the snow banks back far enough to accommodate future snowfalls
- After back-dragging snow away from the buildings, it’s time to start plowing the lot. Start by making a pass down the center of the lot, and then push snow in windrows to the outer edges
- If there has been a significant amount of snowfall, push as much bulk off the lot as possible. Then go over it again
- In large lots it may be best to break your plowing down into smaller areas
- Do not pile snow in the middle of the lot. It will be difficult to remove later
- Do not pile snow near handicapped parking areas
- Plow in straight lines whenever possible and push to the outer edges of the lot. Keep the wind direction in mind–and pile snow downwind to minimize drifting later
- Plow snow during low-traffic hours and always be cautious of cars and people in the lot
- Once the majority of the snow is removed from the lot, it’s time to do the cleanup work. Start by plowing next to curbs. Be sure to square off corners where possible, and don’t leave trails of snow behind.
Now you’re ready to plow! Need a machine to get the job done? Contact Alban Rents today and we will help you get the #jobdone.
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