Winter Preparation for Maintenance Staff
This a generalized list of areas to address for Winter Preparation. Guides specifically tailored to your plant location are available.
• In October, identify things that need winterized/PM and ask the Mgr. to add it to the TDL. (warehouse heaters)
• In October, if you have a snow removal company that assists you, contact them and verify that they still plan to
plow for you this year. Verify the $ rate charged (if too high call others to get bids), the amount of snow fall
when you want them to plow (1”?), meet with them at the plant to discuss areas to plow snow, the priority in
which you want them plowed (Employee parking first?) the time it has to be cleared by, where to pile snow,
and obstacles to avoid while plowing (metal strips on truck scale). Also, ask if they have a loader available if the
snow is heavy. Share the contact info with Managers and other maintenance in case you are not available.
Please ask for their Certificate of Insurance and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dan K. can verify we have
one on hand.
• Snow Plow Driver Phone & Information ____________________________________________
• Identify areas of the plant that need detailed cleaning or power washed before the cold weather arrives.
Discuss areas of concern since each plant is different. Most power washing has to happen on odd shifts or on
the weekend. Areas that need attention but not limited to are rolling stock, under the hoods, cavity areas and
around cylinders or balers, build-up on floors, build-up on hand rails and other equipment. During the freezing
and thawing stage things get messy if we don’t take care of the summer build-up.
• Keep in mind supplies needed in case of a large snow fall. Remember, the day of the snowfall is no time to run
out and get needed supplies (everyone does that and there may be a short supply and have long lines that day).
Plus, it is usually unsafe to drive and your time is more valuable at the plant.
• Inventory your current salt/sand supply and discuss with Dan K. the quantity you need. Some plants order by
pallet quantities. Dan K. will place the order or have you buy it locally. As the winter progresses, monitor and
communicate the inventory of salt/sand available.
• Look at skid steer buckets; be sure all the buckets are usable. If not, add to TDL to get fixed.
• Test all oil heaters on balers/compactors; be sure they are working,
• Discuss supplies needed: Spreaders, shovels, ice scrappers etc. Plan to pre-stage salt and shovels at each
• Check all company vehicles to be sure they have good window scrappers/ wipers are good/ sufficient washer
fluid rated for cold temperature. Remind the sales team and drivers to do the same.
• Check fuel additive supply for diesel engines/Tanks; have enough on hand in case severe cold weather hits.
Check with local suppliers to see if/when they put additive in your fuel tank at your plant.
• Have HVAC systems, Rooftop and warehouse, cleaned and checked out by vendor or yourself (each plant is
different, so call Joe if you have questions about your plant). Be sure wall units are not always on “high”
(sprinkler huts, restrooms)
• Thoroughly check water lines & add more insulation to questionable areas. If Heat tape is installed, Test for
operation. All inside and outside hydrants cannot have hoses hooked to them.
• Dress appropriately and have rubber boots & extra gloves available; you will be asked to do many odd jobs
during clean up and the winter months. Wear your reflective vest on the outside of your coat.
• Main Entrance and employee parking needs to be addressed first and maintained throughout the day.
• Truck scales - before it freezes, all dirt needs blown out or power washed from underneath. Right after each
plowing, the small section between the ramp and scale needs cleared; during the winter keep an eye on buildup
of the snow underneath
Review with all Skid Steer operators
• Have entrances and scale cleared before 7:00 am traffic starts, key skid steer drivers should volunteer to come
in early (or line out 3rd shift).
• If pushing snow with skid steers keep obstacles in mind so things are not damaged. Mark with reflective stickers
or stakes, if needed.
• Avoid driving over the snow if possible; the snow clears well when it is not packed. More salt is also needed if
the snow is packed.
• When clearing with skid steers, clear a single path then use this path to drive. (Avoid Packing)
• The goal is to have everything opened by 7:00 am so a couple of the skid steers can go back to production, if
• All equipment may need to run at idle a little longer at start up to help warm up the oil.
• Add fuel additives to skid steers and make sure they are fueled the night before. Also, check that the headlights
• Scrape truck scales with care. (tire sweep)
• Leaf blow and tire sweep trash from the lot the night before so when snow is carried to the curb there is very
little trash carried out.
• As snow begins to melt, pick-up trash daily