High amounts of snowfall and a potential for severe winter weather this season mean managers need to get the best value possible out of their snow plow contracts. A large winter weather event can coat your facility in snow and ice, resulting in long hours, work exhaustion, and potentially hazardous situations for staff at your locations. Compounded with interference in the level of service which your customers may be accustomed to, failing to maximize the efficiency of the snow removal process can be a disaster. The expert team at Cherry Logistics has discussed these issues, and compiled few helpful methods for obtaining value from snow removal and snow plow services. Less than truckload
Businesses do not shut down just because there is a weather event. Making sure that the snow removal on your lots is conducted in the right manner is vital to preventing slips or accidents. Modern equipment has significantly advanced over even a decade ago, but the crucial factor remains how the operator uses the equipment. Follow the strategies implemented by some of the top Chicago snow plowing companies. With a straight plow, operators should angle the blade away from the facility on the first pass, and continue to make subsequent passes in this way, pushing snow towards the outer perimeter. A straight snow blade should almost always be angled away from the building in order to get the snow as far out of transportation paths as possible.
(Side Note: When using V-shaped plows, the operator should use the straight V-position to make the initial break through the ice or snow. These plows are better equipped to move large quantities of snow, as the straight and angled positions of this blade allow for better wide-path plowing or stacking.)
Another practice for facilities managers to follow in their snow removal contract template is determining that both deicing and anti-icing are being applied by the contractor servicing their facility. Deicing involves the reactive application of chemicals and ice-control products to melt existing snow or ice on a facility’s walkways and lots, and is usually a necessary step after the initial snow removal process. Anti-icing refers to proactive techniques for the application of ice and snow melting products before a storm, in order to keep ice and snow from bonding to the pavement, and allowing workers to clear snow more efficiently after a storm.
Each process uses large amounts of sand, salt, or a sand-salt mixture. Evaluating the environmental impact that such materials can create is an important facet of modern facilities maintenance, so check that all contractors have performed such evaluations and are using an appropriate amount of product.
These recommendations are just brushing the tip of the iceberg, as it were, but applying them today will be a great help to any facility during and after a difficult snowstorm. Review the other snow removal materials available on this site, such as our numerous case studies and white papers, for more information on getting the greatest value from your snow plow contracts.