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SNOW SOLUTIONS: Challenges snowplow operators face and 5 ways to overcome them this winter



Snowplow operators face challenges during winter. Here are five tips that can help companies optimize plowing efforts and maximize their profits.

Key Highlights

Snowplow operators confront hazards ranging from extreme weather conditions to hidden obstacles, necessitating a multifaceted approach for effective snow removal services.

Planning ahead, investing in the right equipment, and thorough employee training contribute to overcoming winter challenges, ensuring operators are well-prepared for varied and demanding conditions.

Prioritizing operator alertness, avoiding fatigue, and marking hidden hazards underscore the significance of maintaining the health and well-being of snowplow operators, ultimately enhancing the safety and efficiency of snow removal operations.

Snowplow operators face various challenges during winter, from extreme weather conditions to navigating through snow-covered roads, parking lots and driveways. However, with the proper preparation and tools, they can overcome these challenges and provide efficient and effective snow removal services. Here are some of the issues snowplow operators face during the winter and the five tips to help them navigate those challenges.

The Impact of Snowstorms on Businesses

Snowstorms can have a significant impact on businesses. They can cause disruptions in supply chains, power outages and transportation issues, among other things. According to a study by IHS Global Insight, a major storm with "impassable" roads could have a significant economic impact with just a one-day shutdown. The research showed that a single day's shutdown in New York costs about $700.17 million, while Massachusetts loses about $265.12 million.

Challenges Snowplow Operators Face 

Winter is profitable for snowplow operators, but hazards can significantly impact their operations, safety and financial well-being. Accurate weather information and forecasts provided by AccuWeather's expert meteorologists are essential for addressing these challenges effectively.

  • Extreme Weather Conditions: Snowplow operators must work in extreme weather conditions, including heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and icy roads. These conditions can make it difficult to see and navigate through roads and driveways, increasing the risk of accidents and property damage.
  • Obstacles and Hidden Objects: Snow-covered roads and driveways can hide obstacles and hidden objects, such as curbs, rocks and other debris. Snowplow operators need to be careful to avoid hitting these objects, which can damage their equipment and cause accidents.
  • Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation: Snowplow operators often work long hours during winter, leading to fatigue and sleep deprivation. Fatigue can increase the risk of accidents and reduce their ability to provide efficient and effective snow removal services.

5 Tips to Help Snowplow Operators Navigate Winter Challenges

Navigating the challenges of winter as a snowplow operator requires a unique blend of skill, preparedness and the right tools for the job. Winter weather conditions from heavy snowfall to icy roads can create obstacles. Here are five tips to help you navigate those challenges.

1. Plan Ahead: Snowplow operators should plan for extreme weather conditions and have a plan of attack for each job. They should also survey customer properties for obstacles and determine how many employees will be needed to get the job done, along with the amount of salt or other deicing material they'll need.

2. Get the Right Equipment: Snowplow operators should invest in the right equipment, including a snowplow truck or ATV, to clear large volumes of snow quickly and efficiently. They should also ensure their equipment is well-maintained and in good working condition.

3. Train Your Crew: Snowplow operators should train their crews on a plan of attack and ensure employees are familiar with the properties they are clearing. Proper training can reduce the risk of accidents and ensure the job is completed efficiently.

4. Stay Alert and Avoid Fatigue: Snowplow operators should stay alert and avoid fatigue, such as getting a full sleep cycle before getting on the road, eating healthy snacks and staying hydrated. They should also take breaks when needed and avoid working long hours without rest.

5. Mark Obstacles and Hidden Objects: Snowplow operators should mark obstacles and hidden objects, such as curbs and rocks, to avoid hitting them. By marking hazards, you reduce the risk of accidents and property damage.

How AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service Can Help

AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service can help snowplow operators best prepare for winter weather. Real-time alerts and updates on snowfall, ice and other weather conditions allow snowplow operators to plan and adjust their operations accordingly. With this service, snowplow operators can stay ahead of the weather and provide efficient and effective snow removal services. More importantly, protect your people and property and increase profits.

Protect your business and team members by making the best weather-impacted decisions with AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service, backed by forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy™. Businesses get location-specific forecasts and can speak directly to one of AccuWeather’s expert meteorologists 24/7/365 during snow, ice, blizzards and other winter-hazard events. 

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