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Limited Labor for Salt only Events??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by MatthewG, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    Maybe I’m asking a rhetorical question, but how do you dispatch labor for a salt only event? I certainly don’t need all my side walk crew or my skid steer operator.

    Let me hear how you guys do it. I’m thinking I only need 50% of my man power, I can load the V box with the skid steer myself and we only really need 1-2 guys to spread calcium on the walks. Probably need the guys for 1 hour max, but maybe pay them for 2 to make it worthwhile for them.

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Do it all yourself.
  3. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,696

    You need more than one plan.
  4. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    You have to evaluate your plan before and after each event(storm) or at least I do, you can reasonably predict how much personal you will need on hand during any circumstance. (multiple plan method) Then depending on what comes up pick the plan that works best for that situation. I love this Business.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Sounds like about 3 hrs of work,do it yourself,It's not even a money thing,by the time you call someone and wait to show up you could be done already.
  6. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    5.5 acres and limited sidewalks

    The problem is the sidewalk salt and push spreader is on another truck I have the v box
  7. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    For the first two storms call everyone in and start cutting back the ones not working as hard. The last thing you want is to be under staffed, I would rather pound it out in 1 hour and give everyone a min 3, than take 4 and have a client as why it wasn't done if it was just spreading salt.
  8. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    Different plans for different events. Different levels of personal needed for each type and level of events. We call it planning and operations the key to failure or success in this business.
  9. BPS#1

    BPS#1 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,395

    Do it yourself with one employee.

    I'm sure you have a main guy that out performs the rest or has been with you the longest.

    I sure wouldn't be calling in the whole crew to pay them for two hours when two of you could get up a bit sooner and have it done by the time the businesses opened.
  10. LI snowman

    LI snowman Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I work as a subcontractor for another company doing all of their sidewalks. For salt only events, I pick up the icemelt at his shop and spread it myself. He is usually out at the same time in the salt truck.

    If you need two trucks then I would defiantly say you run the salt truck then have another employee salt sidewalks. Its better to have help and get everything done quick then to have to fight to get everything done by yourself.