Profession snow-clearing worker

Snow-clearing workers operate trucks and plows to remove snow and ice from public sidewalks, streets and other locations. They also dump salt and sand on the ground to de-ice the concerning locations.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Snow removal safety hazards

    Range of dangerous situations faced when conducting snow-removing activities such as falling from heights and roofs, frostbite, eye injuries, and other injuries associated with the use of snowblowers and other mechanical equipment.

Skills

  • Use snow-removal equipment

    Use equipment such as shovels, snow rakes, snow blowers, ladders or aerial lifts to remove snow from various structures such as rooftops and other building structures and public spaces.

  • Drive heavy duty trucks for snow removal

    Drive specialised trucks required to remove snow from various building structures and other public spaces. Follow appropriate traffic regulations in such circumstances.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Carry out de-icing activities

    Spread salt or other chemical products on the ice-covered surface in public spaces to ensure de-icing and safe usage of such spaces.

  • Perform cleaning activities in an outdoor environment

    Adapt the cleaning working methods and procedures to the environmental conditions and adapt to weather conditions such as rain, strong wind or snow, when this affects the performance of the equipment or machinery that is being used.

  • Remove snow

    Perform snow ploughing and snow removal from roads, driveways, and sidewalks.

  • Follow organisational guidelines in the cleaning industry

    Apply and follow all protocols or guidelines described by the company within your specific cleaning area. It can also involve wearing the foreseen uniform or piece of clothing at all times or using specific equipment or materials.

  • Apply measures to prevent snow removal safety hazards

    Use snow removal practices and methods that prevent major hazards such as not working on roofs when possible, assessing the weight of the equipment on a given icy structure, wearing protection equipment and ladders in a safe manner, protect the surrounding areas and people and avoid electrical wirings.

  • Adapt to different weather conditions

    Cope with regular exposure to extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments.

  • Complete report sheets of activity

    Keep written records of the service provided on a regular or punctual basis, with explicit hours of work performed and signature.

  • Apply safety measures

    Perform tasks and operations taking into account the safety regulations and standards and applying them in order to prevent incidents or hazards.

Optional knowledge and skills

select hazard control perform cleaning activities in an environmentally friendly way road traffic laws mechanics perform emergency street clean ups maintain snow removal equipment regulate traffic operate aerial work platforms liaise with local authorities

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