Safety Tips for Snow and Ice Control
Reprinted with permission from the Iowa LTAP, Iowa State University
With the approach of winter weather,
we found some tips that will be useful to our
readers. However, please always check with
your supervisor and follow your agency's
safety policies and procedures.
Suggested personal safety gear
- Layers of clothes, extra gloves, heavy
- Shovel and ice scraper
- Flashlight for night operations
- Sunglasses for glare
- Water and/or hot liquid
- Be properly trained and thoroughly
familiar with all equipment and chemicals.
- Make sure an up-to-date first-aid kit,
emergency contact information, and handheld
radios or cell phones are available in
- Be in good physical condition with
- Perform a pre-trip safety check of truck
and equipment. Make sure the vehicle
has adequate warning lights in good
- Make a practice run of assigned route to
check for obstacles and potential problem
- Know the contact procedures for reporting
crashes or equipment breakdowns.
- Dress in layers with heavy boots.
- Wear highly visible apparel when out of
- Plow at appropriate speed.
- Watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.
- Don't back up without a spotter.
- Operate wings carefully.
- Make sure warning lights are activated.