It’s that time of year; take out your parkas, gloves, scarves, sweaters and other warm clothing you own. Snow is beautiful but it can bring challenges to the daily work life. Even if you work indoors it can be a hassle for you to commute to work. With the snow and cold coming up, do you have a case snow management plan?
A case snow management company offers snow removal, plowing, hauling and risk management. You want to be sure to get one as soon as possible. But in the meantime we will list five tips for your heavy equipment this winter.
The first thing is preparation, you want to make sure that you are dressed in clothes that will keep you warm. Any loose clothing can be hazardous because they can get caught in the machine.
Before operating the vehicle, you want to make sure that everything is working properly. The flashing lights, sirens and all other features should be working to ensure that others can see you. Another important device you want to check is the defrosters, if you cannot see out of your heavy equipment you are putting yourself and others in danger.
Let it warm up
Next, you want to make sure that you give the appropriate amount of time for your machine to warm up. The time varies and depends on the size of your machine. Cold weather can damage the interior of your machine, so be sure to let your machine warm up before any heavy usage.
Be wary of any ramps or bridges. This is also true for cars and trucks, ramps and bridges are the first to freeze. You should always drive with caution, especially during the winter.
Sleep it off
Make sure that your body is well-rested. You know yourself best, do not force yourself to finish a job. The cold weather can make you more exhausted than you think!
Be sure to take care of the steps and grip plates on your heavy equipment! When it’s cold outside, it can cause ice to form which makes it slippery and challenging for you to get in and out of the machine. For example, if you were to grab a frozen handrail without a glove, believe it or not, you can get a cold burn!
We have to be careful with the equipment as well as ourselves! The cold affects your body, so it is imperative that you take the best care of it. It’s common that you hear of dehydration when it's extremely hot outside but it can also happen in freezing temperatures!
Often times, when it’s cold and people are working hard they forget to drink enough water. Symptoms to be aware of are dry mouth, headaches or dizziness. If you experience this, or know someone who is, find a warm area to relax and drink water or a sports drink.
A couple other risks are hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia happens when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees. If this occurs, you will start to shiver non-stop, have decreased motor function and you might even have a hard to talking. The first thing you should do is remove any wet clothing and try to stay warm and dry.
If you are unsure if you have frostbite or not, look for red, white or waxy skin that is numb or tingling. You want to call for medical help right away. While you are waiting, loosely cover up the frostbite and keep it dry. Remember that your safety comes first, you cannot get a job done if you are not healthy.
From the outside looking in, it probably looks like a simple task to plow snow but it’s not! It is not all the work of a snow plow, other equipments are:
Heavy-duty snow blades
Oscillating snow push
Snow plow attachments
Winter is on the way, do you have your snow equipment for case snow management? You have options, you can either buy a new or used equipment. If you want equipment but don’t have the money to pay for it in full, you can finance it! There are plenty of options out there, make sure to research and stay safe this winter.
At Lyon & Son we have several options for you to finance your dream equipment. Our company prides ourselves on honesty, we also work with both buyers and sellers from start to finish. Our goal is to make this process a breeze, contact us today for more information!