Take care to flush the high pressure pump with clean water, then antifreeze, and then put it away dry. Allowing water to freeze inside that pump could be very expensive. Finally, your pressure washer cleaning solution or chemicals should be kept out of the weather as much as possible, either at the shop or inside the truck in a heated area.
Possibly the most complicated of the winter safety tips involves job scheduling. Work can’t stop because of the weather, but the weather can stop certain tasks pretty quickly. Watching the weather reports and scheduling jobs accordingly can keep your crew busy and still help you make payroll. Ladder jobs shouldn’t be scheduled on days where wind and ice will cause problems; those days are best used for ground work. A crew can work in a few inches of snow, but moving heavy equipment around would be a bad idea on those days. There are weather conditions which make any outdoor job dangerous or impossible, but if you put off major equipment or shop maintenance jobs for those days, you can keep everyone working anyway. Finally, regular breaks in a warm dry area with portable space heaters will keep your crew healthy and productive.
The most important winter safety tips involve complacency. Neither you nor your crew can afford to ignore the weather reports, job site conditions or individual behavior when working in winter conditions.
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