The Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) says the use of power equipment to clear sidewalks – whether it’s a skid steer or a snow blower – should always be accompanied by efforts to alert pedestrians that dangerous work is underway in the area.
Ian Ashby, owner of Arbutus Landscaping in Alberta, Calgary, told SIMA he leaves nothing to chance when it comes to clearing sidewalks and pathways.
“People look at you as a safety provider, but their expectation of safety is completely different from yours,” Ashby says. “You have to do everything you can to alert them to the dangers because they aren’t thinking about you. They have their heads down in the snowstorm, just trying to get to their destination. You are the last thing on their minds.”
SIMA offers the following tips for safer sidewalk clearing:
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