How to shovel snow, ice safely this season

Updated Feb 1, 2024

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When snow blowers can’t be used and snowplows are just too big, it’s time for landscapers to pull out the snow shovel.

However, it’s important to remember the proper safety procedures crewmembers need to follow to make sure they’re not seriously injured on the job.

The Grounds Guys have put together a few tips on how to shovel and remove snow and ice from driveways and walkways safely.

  • Dress accordingly. When working outside in the cold winter months, dress in layers and wear water-repellent coverings such as gloves, a hat, and warm socks to protect the skin.
  • Warm up your muscles before you start shoveling. Do some light warm-up exercises inside before going outdoors. Once outside, pace yourself, drink water, and take breaks. Seek medical attention if you experience shortness of breath or chest pain.
  • Push the snow out of the driveway or walkway instead of lifting it. Lifting it can increase your risk of back injury.
  • Avoid tossing snow over your shoulder to clear it. You can twist and injure your back when tossing the snow to the side.
  • If you use electrical equipment such as a snow blower to remove snow, always be aware of where the electrical cord or power source is located.
  • Select a snow shovel that fits your size and is comfortable for you to lift. When using it, space your hands apart to provide the most leverage.
  • Use a snow rake to pull down large amounts of snow from the roof. By using a snow rake, you can stay on the ground and avoid the risk of falling from a ladder.
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