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How to minimize Health and Safety risks to employees, the public and the environment by using Foamstream

  • Client: City of Courtenay, BC, Canada
  • Sector: Councils and Municipalities
  • Background: Population 25,000. It is the urban and cultural hub of the larger community Comox Valley with many beaches, rivers and lakes and natural outdoor recreational spaces.
  • No. of machines: 1 MW-Series.
  • Areas treated: Asphalt, concrete and cobbles. Gutter lines, sidewalks, public plazas.
  • Previous methods used: Hand weeding, mechanical weed eaters.

Problems 

  • A big health and safety risk to employees with hand weeding – needed a solution to avoid risk of employee injury. 
  • Unsatisfied with other alternative methods which prove costly.
  • Essential to have an environmentally friendly solution suitable for use around people, animals and waterways.

How we helped 

Used mostly to treat grasses, dandelions and heavy moss, the immediate die back and heavily reduced regrowth was very apparent from first use. It’s effectiveness on hard surfaces (such as asphalt, concrete and cobbles) also resulted in fewer treatments being needed thus freeing up workforce time for other tasks around the city. It’s ability to be used in bad weather was also of particular value as it minimized any downtime. 

Furthermore, Foamstream’s safe and ergonomic design, and ease of use for the operator, meant the city no longer had to be concerned with injury or fatigue to the workforce, unlike when using previous manual practices. 

Foamstream provided the City of Courtenay with a safe and easy to use system for their workforce along with a safe and effective solution to use around the public and the environment.  

 

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City of Courtenay - Testimonial

“Foamstream is a very safe product from both the perspective of the operator and the surrounding environment. It has created great interest with the public and even requests for us to treat private properties. Thanks to Foamstream we no longer have to worry about our operators injuring themselves or becoming fatigued and we can be confident that we won’t receive insurance claims for damage to vehicles which has happened with previous methods. The service support team at Weedingtech are brilliant and always on hand should we need help with our machines.”
Barry Boguski
City of Courtenay
“We’re really excited about this system. One of our parks staff brought it to our attention, and the benefits were immediately obvious. The product is designed to provide longer-lasting weed control quickly and easily, without any negative impacts to the environment, people, or pets. It will also reduce the potential for flying debris from weedeaters, as well as repetitive stress injuries with our crews. It’s an incredibly efficient system, and we’re really looking forward to rolling it out.”
Trevor Kushner
Director of Public Works Services, City of Courtenay, Canada

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