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Is This a Liability?!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Schuley, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Schuley

    Schuley Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    We got blasted with snow last week, and i got a call the other day to clear some walks that hadn't been done yet. I show up, and about crapped my pants, so I went to get the big blower on the skid and came back. Snow bank on the walk was all of 8' tall and the drift behind it was 5-6' tall and about 45' from 1 drive to the next. A LOT OF SNOW! anyway, here's the question, (see pic below) would the trench be a liability issue? I just worry about kids climbing on it then falling. Its on the back side of a park where tons of people go sledding. I am not at fault for anything, the property owner was just asking so I said i'd look into it for them....

  2. jklawn&Plow

    jklawn&Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 469

    As another plowsite member suggests, "You can't fix stupid"
  3. Schuley

    Schuley Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    haha yeah, its things like that that make me understand why i see some kids on a leash...
  4. watatrp

    watatrp Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    How about put a snow fence on top of the "snow fence" ???
  5. Schuley

    Schuley Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    just saw the 6 oclock news, going to be almost 40 by next week..... guess they can just let it melt
  6. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Anything in the snow business is a liability
  7. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    You could push snow into a pile during a blizzard, and the wind could blow the snow over the furnace exhaust completely covering it causing carbon monoxide to back up into the house killing the residents. And you would be liable. It drives me nuts what we have to worry about.
  8. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    No way that I would ever leave it like that. I would have an ironclad legal agreement drawn up asap if you have to leave it like this that relieves you of any liability should a wall collapse on someone. This is the IDEAL spot for kids to get into. Temps coming up = increased probability of collapse. Get back in there, knock the sides all the way down to a 45 degree angle, blow the stuff out somewhere else.
  9. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    OSHA would knock your ding dong in the dirt if they saw a trench like that on an excavation. I would knock those walls back to a 1:1 either by benching or sloping them.
  10. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,770

    I agree, you need to bench those sides. That is going to come back on you if that shelfs and falls on somone.
  11. Winterized

    Winterized Senior Member
    Messages: 120

  12. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    ditto on the benching, i know it'll be a pain with the skid since you wont be able to turn in there, you'll have to cut in at a diagonal and keep repeating that.

    hi flow blower?