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Sidewalk crews

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by gll, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. gll

    gll Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 6

    How much do you guys pay your sidewalk crews? The guy who works for me is a subcontractor and he uses my equipment(shovels, blower, and spreader), and I pay for the salt and calcium.
  2. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200

    If he works mostly for you and he uses your equipment and you direct his work he's a "worker" not a sub. That mistake is made so often..:dizzy:

    He then needs his own insurance and workers comp. If something bad happens and the insurance is sure to investigate, they'll deem him contractor and they "may" deny the claim if you're not lucky. I say may, because it's a crap shoot but are you willing to gamble your business away???

    Who knows, but I wouldn't!!!

    Good luck and please heed the warning.

  3. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    i was thinkin the same thing... ur equipment ur product ur employee
  4. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    Sidewalk crews get paid same as plow drivers up here at our company. The job is a lot harder as manual labor, and it is tougher to find workers.

    We use Toro 1-stage blowers, scoop shovels, regular shovels, bags of salt and ice-melt and rock salt. Usually a small pick-up truck and a 2-man crew can handle anything. Otherwise plow-jockies have salt, shovel and snowthrower in their trucks.
  5. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    my sidewalk guy gets $25/hour cash takes him about 4-8 hours.... he has transportation, shovel and cell phone
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    $15/hour seems to be pretty typical here.

    look at employment on Craigslist and search under "snow" and you'll see all the ads, and that should tell you what the going rate is.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    i pay my shoveler $15.00 per hour