Contractors and exhibitors braved the weather making their way to the National Pavement Expo Feb. 2-5 in Nashville. Attendees had the opportunity to choose from 54 sessions with topics such as sales and marketing, employee management, and improving efficiency.
More than 1500 contractors walked the exhibit floor consisting of both new and returning exhibitors. Among content exhibitors was first-time exhibitor Green Ways Plus, which hoped to "further cultivate their organic culture," according to Tim Bruchez.
"Agricultural responsibility and pure performance at a better price then the competition is what makes our de-icing and liquid anti-icing products the preferred choice," Bruchez said.
He said the company's focus in exhibiting the first time was on finding strategic partnerships with paving contractors who could benefit from the use of or become a distributor of an environmentally friendlier product line for de-icing and liquid anti-icing.
"At the end of the show and with all things tallied, success!" Bruchez says. "Green Ways Plus agricultural de-icing alternatives and liquid anti-icers made a splash and sparked heavy interest from the shows attendees, primarily pavement company owners and the management team.
Safety Training Put into Practice by Contractor Sweepers
Sweeping safety was the focus in "Sweeper Safety and Operating Techniques that Protect Operators - And Your Business," one of three sessions available free to members of the North American Power Sweeping Association.
Jim Green of the Alamo Group led the session offering contractors a variety of safety tips. According to Green, because sweeping contractors work in environments where safety is important it is essential that all members of a sweeping team should be aware of safety practices including maintenance and operation.
Green said there are three tiers of safety: Good, safe equipment; an operator's manual; and training. "All people are important to the success of the business," Green said, so all employees should be following safe business practices. "You have to trust and respect the people you work with so you can count on them."
Green suggests contractors follow the "tell, show, do, review" approach. Tell your employees what proper operation and safety practices are. Show them those methods. Ask them to do the methods themselves. And then review the entire process with them. A combination of visual, audio, and hands-on teaching methods can help ensure everyone is learning in the way they prefer.
Safe operation starts with proper maintenance checks. Green suggests that a written check of the equipment should be completed every day. A pre-operation maintenance check is essential so no unsafe equipment is being sent on a job. It can be helpful to also do a post-operation maintenance check. These checks allow operators and the maintenance crew to compare how the equipment was working before the day started to how it is working after the work day is complete.
If you're sending your crews out on unsafe equipment, proper safety practices may not prevent accidents or unsafe conditions. Make sure equipment is in good, safe working condition and operators know and practice safe operation.
Sealcoating Regs Session Draws Crowd
With almost 200 attendees, members of the Pavement Coatings Technology council presented the "Sealcoating: Regulatory Challenges and Industry Initiatives" session.
Mike Juba, Koppers Industries; Bob DeMott, DABT Environ; Kirk O'Reilly, JD Exponent; and PCTC Executive Director Anne LeHuray did a great job of distilling and simplifying the complex science and regulatory issues faced by the sealcoating industry and outlined steps PCTC is taking to fight unfair regulation.