Avoid unnecessary costs. Be sustainable. Provide more value. Gain professional snow-fighting skills. These were some of the lessons of Eastern Land Management’s late October snow rodeo event at its Monroe, Ct., office.
Divided into five stations, ELM’s winter workforce rotated through topics like sidewalks, plowing (best practices), anti-icing/deicing (application of liquid brine), engineering (site inspections and risk identification) and administrative (documentation and paperwork). The goal was to begin the educational process as a large group and follow up with more concentrated education at the crew level.
One recurring theme was the identification and troubleshooting “no-man’s land,” or unattended and unmaintained areas on a job site that could be potential slip-and-fall hazards.
"One of our main goals for this winter is for our crews to better identify these 'no man's land' areas on clients' properties and take measure to either prevent or better manage them to increase service and safety and to avoid potential slip-and-fall (incidents)," says Bruce Moore Jr, ELM’s President.
Lastly, ELM’s leadership hopes the training sessions begin to put dent in the nearly $130,000 in preventable expenses incurred by snow fighting crews last winter. During the winter, ELM manages 9.6 million square feet of parking lots and roadways, and another 1 million square feed of sidewalks. However, according to Moore Jr winter crews amassed $25,000 in proper damage, $30,000 in curb repairs, $22,000 in equipment repairs, $52,000 in replacement parts.
“We’ll be spending time in each of the training sessions on best practices to reduce these expenses (in Winter 2019-20),” Moore Jr. says.
The following videos outline some of the key lessons handed down by educators to ELM’s snowfighters during the preseason training.
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