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Help ! Snow removal from steps is a heart attack waiting to happen.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mlaury, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. mlaury

    mlaury Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I am 58 years old and have high blood pressure. Part of my job description is snow removal at our school and church. We have many outdoor steps. It takes me about an hour to shovel them. It's a pain. Is there a step size snowblower other than the Toro 12"? Any other suggestions?
  2. EPM

    EPM Member
    Messages: 94

    We use leaf blowers alot but im guessing in St. Louis you get alot of heavy wet snow. Probably wouldnt work as well. You have to have a pretty big backpack blower either way to get anything done in a reasonable amount of time.
  3. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,057

    Might be time to hire a neighbor kid to help tackle the steps.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    He's a maintenance man,don't think so. Here's the mean part,make sure your health insurance is good and make sure you have plenty of life insurance if you die shoveling to take care of your family. So with that said,have you looked into having radiant heat put into the steps?
  5. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,057

    I'm aware of that. Given it's a church and school, I would think they may be open to the option of allowing help over finding their maintenance guy face down in the snow and only half the steps shoveled.
  6. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    It's a CHURCH so IMO. Put a mention in the weekly buliten, stating they're looking for a couple volunteers (youth group etc.)
  7. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Last edited: Oct 19, 2014
  8. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 256

    Go slow!!! Use a stiff broom if you have to.
  9. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Give the neighborhood kid $10 and a hot chocolate to help out. Maybe give a call to the boy scouts or girl scouts, they love to volunteer. Put up a flyer at a local university. There's lots of cheap help out there, you just have to be creative
  10. johnnyusa

    johnnyusa Member
    from ct
    Messages: 78

    Talk with a doctor and maybe he'll give you a note saying you need help with job because of your condition
  11. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    string trimmer with the paddle attachment
  12. Billious

    Billious Member
    Messages: 72

    We should clarify - are you shoveling UP stairs or DOWN stairs? I have a property with two basement staircases, and snow drifts down them. We need to shovel out these staircases by carrying each shovel full up the stairs and it SUCKS.

    If you're just clearing off steps going down the stairs, get a paddle attachment for a string trimmer and you'll wonder how you ever did it the old way...
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  14. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Seen it done.
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

  16. JoeyWuzHere

    JoeyWuzHere Junior Member
    from geneva
    Messages: 2

    Anti-icing liquids on the steps is awesome, look in to it of it is in the budget