Choosing the right ice cleats and traction aids to help reduce slip and fall incidents in ice and snow can be frustrating, time consuming, confusing and annoying. The following tips may just help you – and your employees working outdoors.
- Is this ice cleat or traction aid safe to wear indoors without having to be removed?
- If these ice cleats are worn indoors, what will happen? Could they cause unintended slip or trip hazards if worn on surfaces other than ice and snow? How will they react when worn on when tile, concrete, steel, epoxy floors, catwalks and grated surfaces?
- Is this ice cleat safe to wear while driving or operating heavy machinery?
- Is this an industrial-strength ice cleat or a retail ice cleat? (Here’s how you tell: If you are buying from Costco, Home Shopping Network or your local fishing or bait shop, the answer is “retail.”) Retail cleats break easily when used in industrial work environments. They are designed to be cheap, not durable.
- How long are the ice cleats supposed to last before needing to be replaced? Your sales rep or manufacturer should never shy away from answering this question.
Insisting on answers to these important questions will save you time, aggravation and money, too.
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Bill Coyne is the VP of Sales for Winter Walking. He has been helping organizations across a wide variety of business sectors eliminate workplace slips and falls incidents in ice and snow for over 15 years. Email Bill firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.winterwalking.com for additional helpful information and resources.