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One of the leading causes of pollution cited by the EPA comes from construction vehicles tracking dirt out from construction sites. Sediment and other pollutants washed from trucks can quickly end up in other water bodies or stormwater, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act. EPA rules don’t list any specific techniques or equipment, however, they do mandate comprehensive pollution-prevention plans be in place for construction projects. And, they stipulate whatever plan is in place has to have a positive impact. The number of companies offering quick-response and …

Despite yellow warning signs flashing strobes and lights, sweepers can still be a magnet for mayhem. They move slow, and are highly visible, but there are still many crashes involving sweepers. Safety is more important in the sweeping industry than ever before, and technology is providing new and more comprehensive ways to keep your sweepers and operators safer. Companies want to avoid the risk and high costs that unsafe sweeping practices create. But most importantly, the industry is in the process of trying to reverse some alarming trends. Although the …

Operator fatigue is a serious safety issue. Operator fatigue isn’t just about falling asleep but also about tiredness, weariness, or exhaustion. Fatigue slows reflexes and affects an operator’s ability to concentrate and respond to conditions and increasing the chances of a crash that could have a significant impact on your company’s costs and productivity. Here are 5 tips to beat fatigue: 1. Create a culture of open and honest communication about operator fatigue – employees need to feel comfortable reporting their inability to do a job due to fatigue and …

Whether you are a small contractor or have a large dedicated fleet, some simple safety precautions, preventive maintenance and driving tips can keep your sweepers on the road. When summer rolls around, a new set of safety, maintenance, and driving challenges comes with it. Whether you’re dealing with extreme heat, heavy rain or high temperatures, a little preparation and some simple precautions can help keep your drivers safe, your fleet on the road and your business rolling. 5 Simple Tips to Prepare Your Fleet Summer Driving for the Heat During …

Throughout 2016, the sales of pre-owned sweepers sometimes felt like a roller coaster ride. The Schwarze reconditioning center saw sales of pre-owned sweeper trucks, go up from May to June, then falling from June to July. Several factors contributed to that level of volatility, from a surplus of pre-owned inventory to an unpredictable market. With the ongoing economic uncertainty, one thing is virtually assured; sellers have strong motivation to move certified pre-owned vehicles off their lots. When the economy puts sellers in a negotiating mood, it’s best to move quickly …

Extending sweeper broom life is an important part of street sweeper maintenance. Regularly checking your broom bristles is a small time investment that can yield significant savings on replacement brushes. 1. Don’t buy the cheap stuff. It might seem like a good idea to buy inexpensive brooms, but you get what you pay for. Bargain brooms often offer short brush life and ultimately aren’t worth the lower price. Someone is always willing to sell for less, but the cost of a broom is dependent on the quality. Reducing quality will …

It has become increasingly important to know you customer’s expectations and understand how unhappy customers can damage your business. A quote from well-known customer service and customer experience advocate, Bill Quiseng, encourages organizations to “work as hard to keep a customer as you do to find a new one.” For every customer who takes the time to complain, 26 others remain silent. An unhappy customer will tell 8 to 16 people about their experience, and 91% of them will never purchase from you again. Every one of your customers has …

The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) located in Boise, Idaho, covers the entirety of Ada County, including the six cities within it, and is responsible for maintenance and improvements to Ada County’s local roads and bridges. The district, established in the early 1970s, has a fleet of 22 sweepers, including Schwarze M6 Avalanche and A7 Tornado sweepers to sweep approximately 2,100 miles of roads and streets. Sweeping crews operate these sweepers all year round, and some of them now have a new colorful look. The ACHD held a contest to …

This is a sensitive topic. You don’t want to imagine the people on your payroll, the very people you hand-picked to help you succeed, would ever steal from you. You entrust them with your business and your very livelihood. An anonymous survey conducted by Forensic Accounting Firm Kessler found that 95% of employees steal from their employers! Yikes! But, once you get granular with examining what constitutes theft, it makes a bit more sense. The survey included the use of a company computer or phone for personal tasks while at …

When replacing a glued-on seal such as the dump door seal on your sweeper, some procedures should be followed to make the re-affixing of the new seal completely permanent. Cleaning After you have removed the old seal, thoroughly clean the area and remove any paint by sandblasting or using a wire wheel. If complete paint removal is not feasible, make sure that any paint left is not peeling and has the gloss completely broken. When visibly clean, wipe off the area with an R50 surface cleaner, and prime the metal …