Out To Pasture?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, May 31, 2011.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    At what age do you retire your employees? In other words when do they become to old for the work, the pace, the heat, etc?



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  2. CheapScapesNC

    CheapScapesNC LawnSite Member
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    Depends on the employee....I have seen 50 year olds work 20 year olds into the ground.
     
  3. JoeyDipetro

    JoeyDipetro LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Posts: 117

    In my experience, mexicans into the 60s, americans very rare to see them in the 40s working for somebody else, unless it's a big firm where they can hide.
     
  4. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's funny, but sadly true.
     
  5. OutdoorCreations

    OutdoorCreations LawnSite Member
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    I am 28 and think I have about 2 good years left...Haha! This line of work will make you old fast.
    I saw a 5'2" 125lb 60 year old Mexican guy carry 2 80lb wall blocks at one time. I couldn't believe it. One on each shoulder.
     
  6. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    53 and still running a lawn crew-I'll take a walkbehind over a rider anytime. Young lawn guy says,"hey lets run down and rip thru that lawn!" old guy says "lets walk and cut em..... well you know the story. kick me outta the truck when I can't get in it. When will that be? Hardscape, I imagine, with the physical demands has got to throw a little more body wear and tear into the time frame.
     
  7. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
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    when they cant stand up straight any more
     
  8. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    You mean now. I mow and build and I'll pack block before I prefer to mow on most day's. I prefer pond cleanouts though.
     
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a 58 or 59 year old faithful employee thats been with me for years. I'm starting to see changes in him on the hardscape end of things. He doesn't lay pavers very fast and it seems like its hard for him to bend down all day long. On the skid steer he's really been backing into and bumping into things alot lately.

    When he works in my other division, which is non hardscape related he seems to do quite well - no heavy lifting and no kneeling or bending over. He's never really said anything, but I think he'd rather do the work in the other division than lay pavers.


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  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    I hope your employees are not on lawnsite.
     

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