Snow Removal Safety Tips For Your Employees

Proper snow removal protects your commercial property. If your employees are in charge of snow removal, make sure they use safe snow removal techniques to avoid injuries this winter.

Assess Your Needs

Every property has different snow removal needs, so perform an assessment before winter weather strikes. Make a list of areas that may be prone to snow buildup like trees or roofs, and plan how and when you’ll remove snow from your property. Use the assessment results to purchase the right snow removal equipment for your crew, too.

Mark Obstacles

Curbs, sidewalks and speed bumps present tripping hazards to your snow removal crew. Place brightly-colored stakes around these and other obstacles so your employees clearly see the areas they must avoid.

Use the Right Equipment

Whether your employees are removing snow buildup from the roof or sidewalks, they need to use the right equipment. Provide snow blowers or plows to remove large piles of snow. Roof brushes should have extendable handles, and shovels should match the employee’s height and be easy to manage.  

Maintain Tools

When your employees use snow removal tools that function properly, you reduce accidents. Schedule an equipment inspection now. Make sure your snow blowers and plows are in good working order. Inspect the shovels, picks and brushes your crew uses, too, and replace dull blades, thin brushes or worn handle grips.

Improve Equipment Shed Accessibility

When a storm strikes, you need to access your snow removal equipment quickly. Keep the shed entrance clear of clutter. Then place the shovels, blowers and plows inside the shed in a neat and orderly manner.

Avoid Hazardous Chemicals

Certain chemicals protect your property from ice accumulation and remove ice and snow quickly. They could give off hazardous fumes, though, or cause contact burns on skin. Only use eco-friendly and safe chemicals to protect your employees and property.

Provide Training

Every employee on the snow removal team must undergo training. Instruct them on proper equipment usage and lifting techniques as you help them prevent injuries as they work.

Stay Warm and Hydrated

Ensure your employees wear heavy clothing and layers that keep them warm and dry as they remove snow. Provide water, coffee or tea, too, as you promote adequate hydration.

Update your Workers’ Compensation Coverage

The right safety tips reduce employee injuries during snow removal season. Also, talk to your insurance agent now and update your Workers' Compensation policy to include adequate coverage. Then post safety notices so your employees know how to report any injuries they experience as they maintain your property this winter.  

Snow removal plays an important role in your commercial property maintenance plan. Follow these tips to keep your employees safe and reduce potential injuries.
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