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It is a must that all operators have identifiable and verifiable training on the equipment before operating. Accidents can happen to both the newly trained and seasoned veterans. For everyone’s safety especially those of the operators, here are ten important heavy equipment safety tips. 1. Blind spots Sweeper operators have to be 100% sure that no one is behind them or in their blind spots when moving, even if this involves getting out of the sweeper and checking. If vision is limited, have a spotter stand in a safe, visible …

Cleanliness is not only “next to godliness,” it is next to business success. According to a survey conducted by Facility Executive, 95% of consumers agree that cleanliness can ‘elevate a good business into a great business.’ Results of this survey reveal the importance of cleanliness to business success and the negative effects it has when there is a lack of. As a business, cleanliness is a vital factor in determining customer comfort around the business premises and affects the health and safety of individuals in the workplace. The parking lot …

When it comes to reducing the chances of death or injury in an accident, there is nothing more effective than the seat belt. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of injury by 45 percent and restrains an operator from leaving the sweeper through ejection or having a violent impact inside the sweeper itself during a crash. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that up to 40 percent of all workplace fatalities are due to motor vehicle accidents, making it the most common workplace fatality. But even knowing this, …

EPA emissions regulations have been progressing over the last two decades, leading up to the current Tier 4 Final diesel engines. Diesel engines require more stored energy to start than gasoline engines, especially on cold days. Instead of just using the battery to enable the starter to crank the engine, a diesel engine must have sufficient power to enable the glow plugs to warm the combustion chambers and then must build up enough heat and compression in the cylinders to ignite the fuel. For this reason, diesel engines must possess …

A commitment to preventive maintenance is crucial for your sweeper. We have compiled 10 of the most common maintenance mistakes that sweeper owners make. The most common maintenance mistakes are: 1. Ignoring engine lights or warning indicators that show up on the console. The longer you wait, the higher the repair costs could become. 2. Neglecting fluid checks. Brake fluid, transmission fluid, oil, engine coolant and power steering fluid should all be checked and serviced according to manufacturer recommendations. 3. Not using filters as recommended by the manufacturer. Clean filters …

With an ever-present focus on safety, working toward the elimination of incidents in your company is a top priority. One of the best ways to make progress toward the elimination of injuries on the job is by creating a culture of safe operators. A safety culture is defined by OSHA as the “attitude, beliefs, perceptions, and values that employees share about safety in the workplace.” Here are three tips to help you work on creating a strong safety culture. Evaluation What issues do you currently face and what is your …

Scranton’s annual street sweeping program began last week and will run through Aug. 24. Scranton, the sixth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been sweeping streets since the 1960s and used to run two street sweepers years ago, but each was smaller and older than the current Schwarze A7 Tornado. The A7 Tornado does a great job, but the people do not know to move their cars off the street, so the roads are not always getting adequately cleaned. The hopper holds about 2,500 pounds of dirt and a …

Client testimonials are invaluable, no question. Good or bad, they can help you evaluate and improve your business. But these testimonials don’t just land in your inbox on their own. If you want your clients to give a testimonial for your product or services, you’ve got to ask them for it. Testimonials are good for highlighting the competitive advantages you have in the sweeping industry or showing potential clients you have other satisfied customers. The best way to get quality testimonials from clients is to present them with a questionnaire …

Rain can put a damper on many of your activities. But during the rainy season, a lot of people make the mistake of canceling their regular sweeping services, and this does more harm than good, not only for your parking lot but also the environment. Parking lots are covered with waste, whether you see it or not. There is a lot of chemical waste on your parking lot too. Oil, fuel, grease, metals and other chemicals. And when it rains, this waste is washed away by rainwater down the storm …

  Sweeper engines have gone through some big changes in the last ten years. And each change has brought additional costs, unfamiliar technology, and new maintenance requirements. One of those changes is the development of Tier 4 Final engines that require diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). What is Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)? Diesel Exhaust Fluid is injected into the exhaust stream of the Tier 4 Final engine and this clear, colorless liquid in the presence of catalysts, turns smog-inducing Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) into harmless oxygen, water, and nitrogen. DEF is stored …