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Safety doesn’t have to come at a price

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  • SIMA
- Posted: October 23, 2017
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Can your snow management company withstand the cost of a slip and fall injury, which averages $18,000 to $30,000? A $25,000 to $45,000 workers’ compensation claim from a team member is injured on the job? What about a pedestrian injured by a car sliding on black ice that you missed in the parking lot? That could cost you upward of $100,000 and make you uninsurable.

Accidents happen, but properly training your team on snow and ice management operations and personal safety can go a long way toward mitigating incidents in the field. Think it costs too much to provide training? When looking at those figures above, it’s worth considering that you can’t afford not to provide training.

Safety doesn’t need to come with a hefty price – it just requires leadership to make it a priority and then put a plan in place to make it a reality. Here are 5 ways you can easily and affordably implement training in your snow company:

1. Use your SIMA membership. As a SIMA member, companies have access to free members-only training programs, best practices guidelines, and webinars. In addition, companies have an annual $200 Training Commitment that can be used for those who want to take their training to the next level with the Advanced Snow Manager or Certified Snow Professional programs. Currently there are over 40 cost-effective webinars, a free customizable Safety Training Kit, free videos and resources in the SIMA Library, and SIMA’s new Snow Management Training Video series is available for purchase.

2. Tap into your supplier relationships. When it comes to equipment safety, look no further than those companies who supply your plows, spreaders, etc. Most will have resources available to you at no charge. Snow Safety Week sponsor Caterpillar has more than 2,500 videos on YouTube covering operations, safety and training. They also have an entire training center with downloadable points to train to.

3. Look to OSHA/professional organizations for help. OSHA has a wealth of free training resources at your disposal, as do organizations like NALP, which provides safety training topics each month. www.osha.org / www.landscapeprofessionals.org

4. Use your in-house experts. Every company needs a safety champion, those team members who embrace training and will help you achieve your goals by curating content and creating a plan that is organized, documented and reinforced. Identify that person and give them the tools and resources to tout safety in your company.

5. Take it to the tailgate. An easy way to keep safety training front and center is to implement morning safety talks, sometimes called “tailgate training.” A 15-minute refresher each day will show your team that safety is important and give them a quick tip before heading out. Even the most seasoned veteran will benefit from the knowledge given and the understanding that management puts safety first.

View all 2017 Snow Safety week articles and content here. Thank you to our sponsors Caterpillar, BOSS Snowplow, and RAM Trucks
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