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Heavy storms dominated the headlines these past few weeks. Cold temperatures can result in a number of challenges for maintenance and asset managers. Take, for example, the collapse of the roof of the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN last weekend or the mountains of snow plowed needing plowing in hotel parking lots.

With the official start of winter less than a week away, all facility managers should be prepared for winter storms by inspecting assets before, during and after every storm and then making any necessary repairs or adjustments using their CMMS or EAMsystem.

We hope everyone had the opportunity to read our blogs and check out our website, but just in case you did not have the time to see our blogs and voter links as they were published, we have summarized them for you here. Please enjoy them and be sure to check back for new articles during the week. You can find a complete listing on the Mintek Blog.

1. The Day The Dome Crashed

Author: Stuart Smith

The recent roof collapse of the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis this past week was the basis for this article. In retrospect, I have to wonder about the decision to attempt to clear the snow off the Teflon paneled roof using water. Water is much heavier than snow and when the task was abandoned because of high winds, didn’t anyone think that all the extra weight was going to cause a problem? The video clearly shows the roof leaking water before the actual collapse.

Key Point: Every maintenance plan should have an arsenal of alternative maintenance options using their CMMS should the primary efforts fail.

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Read Relevant Articles That We Found Last Week

But wait there is more. We have found several more articles that you might find to be interesting on. The 4 best this week are:

1. What hotel GMs need to know about snow

Author: Brian Birch

Brian posted a timely article discussing the need for hotels to perform extra as well as scheduled preventive maintenance to avoid expensive legal fees and liability claims. The article points out that the most common hotel ice accidents occur when guest step change surface levels (curb to pavement etc.) and from ice falling off of the buildings especially over doorways.

Key Point: snow + poor maintenance = liability + lawyers

2. Be an Effective Maintenance Supervisor

Author: Tom Furnival

This post takes a quick look at some of the changes maintenance personnel must make in order to be effective in a supervisory role. Tom’s article mentions 9 tasks that newly promoted maintenance supervisors should no longer do plus 9 ways in which they can be more effective.

Key Point: A promotion without proper training, support and tools for the supervisor will not lead to effective change.

3. The Myth of the Operations Hero

Author: Jonathan Byrnes

An interesting article well worth reading. Jonathan takes a look at people labeled “Heroes” by their companies for actions above and beyond the normal call of duty. The real question is why did the circumstances develop to a point where a Hero was needed?

Key Point: Is your company rewarding people for the inability of management to understand work flow and processes?

4. Managing Facilities and Real Estate is risky : Are you making it worst?

Author: Michel Theriault

Michel’s article talks about making sure that you are managing your contractors and vendors properly. His post points out a case in Canada where 3 men face charges of criminal negligence after a fatal death occurred. The men provided services for the Property and Facility Management industry. Michel makes a point to understand that the facility manager is ultimately responsible for their decisions and the actions of others they engage services of.

Key Point: Vendor and document management is critical to avoid deep pocket lawsuits.

What We Learned This Week

Between the Metrodome collapse, maintenance related snow-based lawsuits and the understanding that facility managers are held accountable for their decisions, we have learned that the work of a facility professional never stops.

It is the facility professional that provides the glue for organizations to meet their desired objectives. Good, professional maintenance managers and teams are the backbone of most industries. We hope that you have planned your maintenance well and can enjoy a great Christmas holiday.