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keeping employees warm in below Zero temps

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by areoseek, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. areoseek

    areoseek Member
    from Erie PA
    Messages: 45

    Just wondering if any of you guys put a time limit on outdoor time for your employees. Windchill here is -35 and frostbite is supposed to set in, in under ten minutes. Some sidewalks we do take a good half hour, so i've run into this. Problem. Any feedback?
  2. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Sounds like 10 minutes..
    Work till you need a break , keep all skin covered
  3. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,468

    The guys should be able to dress for it. Most important add on to outfit is face masks. They put on layers, winter boots, hats, gloves, mittens or mittens over gloves and a face mask...they should be sweating in no time.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    My teams ready.

  5. areoseek

    areoseek Member
    from Erie PA
    Messages: 45

    Well obviously they have layers, just worried about face and hands. Ive heard mittens from a surprising amount of people, why replace gloves with mittens?
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Because all your fingers are together to keep them warm.
  7. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,561

    This x2! :nod:

    Yup. Because nothing beats body heat. Mittens are WAY better
  8. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    Have not had to enforce this rule for 10 yrs. Below 10 degrees and 30 min max with 10 min break. On our large properties , drivers are instructed to keep an eye on walk and snow blowers workers, workers are instructed to flag down a driver if difficulty. All personal carry a flashing beacon they can turn on.

    We also carry spare winter wear in trucks, along with food and drinks, in this weather our most important people are our sidewalk crews!
  9. canoebuildah

    canoebuildah Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    The most important thing with layering is NO cotton at all. Synthetic or wool only. A cotton t-shirt as your first layer with synthetic on top will still have you freezing in no time.
  10. vlc

    vlc Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Mittens with hot hands heat packs work awesome! I leave a box of hot hands in each truck.
  11. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I learn something every day.

    We worked out in all day today. High of 1 with wind chills to -35. 10 mins in it and we were ok. Past that and it got cold FAST.
  12. KevinClark

    KevinClark Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    Our contracts have an extreme circumstance clause and in this cold it falls into that clause. We do not put employees on walks with wind chills this low. Safety is a top concern of ours.
  13. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,748

    That's a good idea. Who else is going to be walking around? I almost laughed at a guy last year that asked when we were going to do the public sidewalks, because it was windy and very cold. We had already done them once. He just wasn't very observant I guess haha
  14. areoseek

    areoseek Member
    from Erie PA
    Messages: 45

    Ended up bypassing the walks for tonight. Hopefully my residentials will understand. On a side note: Walmart doesn't carry mittens up here. just hunting gloves.
  15. KevinClark

    KevinClark Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    We had no issues or complaints from any clients through this storm over it. We explain it at time of contract signing.
  16. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    while i don't have contracts this is a "clause" i use as well.

    being solo i can't afford to get ill for any reason or no one would get anything done by me.

    i do what i can with staying in the truck and the outside stuff will wait until it gets "warmer".

    like another poster said. who's gonna be walking on those sidewalks when it's that cold anyway?