How to stay safe when using a snow plow and other snow removal equipment : NPR
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Avengers actor Jeremy Renner was hospitalized Sunday after a snow plow accident and is now recovering.
Renner suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries in the accident in Reno, Nevada, and was in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery, according to his representative.
The actor posted on Instagram from his hospital bed Tuesday, saying “Thank you for all your kind words. I’m too confused right now to type. But I send love to you all.”
Snow plows are attached to vehicles to remove snow from the road. Here how to stay safe when using them and other snow removal equipment, according to retailer Replacement Commercial Parts Warehouse.
- Make sure you are well rested before performing the activity.
- Dress with heart.
- Inspect the vehicle and plow properly.
- When moving between sites, turn the plow off and angle it to the right to avoid making contact with snow banks.
- Try not to exceed 40 miles per hour with the vehicle.
- Keep an eye on the temperature gauge to make sure the engine doesn’t overheat.
- Identify obstacles, such as speed bumps, curbs, fences and pipes, and outline your path using highway markings.
- Take a break if you need to.
- Warm up your muscles for about 10 minutes. Snowshoeing can be a workout.
- Pace yourself, hydrate and stop if you experience signs of distress, such as shortness of breath or chest pain.
- Use a shovel fitted to your height and fitness level.
- Do not throw snow to the side or behind you as the twisting motion can add tension to the body.
- Keep your hands and feet away from the moving parts of the blower, and do not touch the machine with exposed skin.
- Clear the area of loose objects, such as carpets, sleds and boards.
- Wear earplugs.
- Don’t leave it alone or point it at people, and be aware of where the snow is falling.
- Do not put fuel into it while it is running or hot.
- Children under the age of 15 should not operate a snow blower, or be in the vicinity of a working one.
General tips for snow removal
- Dress with heart.
- Make sure you can see clearly.
- It is better to start early and clear it often, to avoid having to move compacted snow.
- Check with the doctor, as snow removal can raise the heart rate.