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Training Employee's to Plow?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by J HIsch, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. J HIsch

    J HIsch Member
    Messages: 66

    I am in Southern IN not much snow fall here, but we do get some. Therefore, there is not alot of snow plowers with much experience. My question is does anyone know of any sources that would help train employees or at least give them a soild understanding to properly plowing snow instead of it being a cluster on the night of the storm?
     
  2. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I was recomended the videos on the SIMA site (they are like $100 each) aswell as the snowplowers handbook also on the SIMA site.
     
  3. J HIsch

    J HIsch Member
    Messages: 66

    Did you purchase the video's? Where they helpful?
     
  4. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Just screen the individual. If they aren't responsible, they can easily do more damage than profit. Or try for subs who own their own equipment.
     
  5. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    snowplow handbook a great tool to start with
     
  6. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639


    unfortunately the videos are over $100 a piece. And I don't have that kind of money right now. But everone I've ever talked to about plowing has recomended them.
     
  7. JustUsDe

    JustUsDe Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    If you don't have the cash flow for any training material let me suggest a few things.
    Before the snow flies, have a meeting with your drivers. Explain to them how you want them to plow(draw on paper to get point across). Take them out to the trucks and show them how to attach and detach the plow. Then have them practice. Show them where all the typical parts that break are and how to repair them. Take them to all your sites and show them any hidden dangers on that site. How you want them to plow it. Where to stack the snow. All this should help them be better drivers and also give you a better ideal of their abilities.

    Ray
     
  8. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Crazy Mike: I agree that $100 is alot of money, you might check ebay to see if you can find any used tapes or dvds. I learned from experience and $100 would have been a gift to avoid some of my mistakes 24 years ago. (And a few of my mistakes last winter.) Just in terms of mechanical damage not to mention losing the good faith of my clients because I was late to do their work because of my own self imposed problems.
     
  9. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    i have all the videos and do a training session once a year about 30 days or so before snow season all the tapes are good. they don't cover every thing but get the points across. i now find that i do a lot more training of my people than i ever thought i would. we have a top notch record of very few mistakes and acidents. :bluebounc
     
  10. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I would be interested in getting some videos and the handbook. Could somebody please post SIMA's website? I typed in www.sima.com and some surf site came up.

    Thanks
     
  11. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

  12. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    ah sima.org :rolleyes:

    thanks again Boss! :waving: