Sweeping Employee Training and Management
Maximizing Night Shift Sweeper Operator Safety
The impetus for this article was the shooting of a parking area sweeper operator working at a Lowe's facility in Houston, Texas, on February 11th, 2022.by Ranger Kidwell-Ross with John Meola, CSP, ARM
In February of 2022, we received a report of a sweeper operator being fatally shot while on shift. Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage from the store and say that the operator stopped his sweeper truck and exited the vehicle in order to pick up several pieces of large debris. When he did, a silver SUV entered the parking lot and pulled up next to the sweeper truck. Two black males exited the silver SUV and approached him.
The operator appeared to resist the suspects and a physical altercation ensued. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the operator one time. The suspects fled the scene and, as of this writing, had not been apprehended.
WorldSweeper spoke to John Meola, who provides a monthly safety bulletin for the members of our affiliated World Sweeping Association. John is a nationally acclaimed safety advisor for asset management firm, Pillar, Inc. The following is what Meola recommended to minimize the occurrence of such an incident or similar ones.
"First off," said Meola, "there are NUMEROUS preventive measures for this kind of criminal activity avoidance. I've been preaching basically the same message for mixed commercial fleets, delivery drivers, night workers, etc."
For an 8.5x11 handout of the above information suitable for putting into a vehicle glovebox and/or using for training, click here.
You may reach John Meola via email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have more ideas of items that should be on the list shown above please send them to us. If appropriate, we'll add them as an addendum to this article.
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