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How To Get Your Employees Involved With Slip & Fall Prevention

10/31/17 8:17 AM
A corporate safety director once told me about the challenges he faces in regard to employee buy-ins and working in the ice and snow. He has used our ice cleats in the past with good success. More recently, his company started a new safety initiative: ZERO winter slip, trip and fall incidents. This can be hard goal to reach (but not impossible). After our discussion, he realized that just buying traction aids and making them available to everyone was good, but not good enough to achieve his goal. Things needed to change.
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How To Keep Your Employees Safe Indoors & Outdoors

10/17/17 8:28 AM
When it comes to ice cleats, most are NOT safe to wear indoors. Traditional ice cleats are engineered for one thing – preventing slip and fall incidents on ice. Since Ice and snow don’t exist indoors, manufacturers don’t concentrate on indoor flooring materials when developing ice cleats to prevent slips and falls. This can severely complicate a company’s goal of reducing slip and fall incidents because, if traditional ice cleats are worn indoors, your employees are now at a high risk of causing a slip hazard. In other words, remember the OUTDOOR slipping incident you may avoid because ice cle[…]
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Retail Ice Cleats vs. Industrial Ice Cleats – What's The Difference?

10/10/17 8:48 AM
I like to tell a story about one of my many, reluctant trips to Costco. I was there on my day off, walking around the massive store with my short list of things to buy. As I’m filling my cart with 1,000 paper plates, I came across something that stopped me dead in my tracks. A display of ice cleats. Now this is my line of work. I can quickly recognize these for what they are; a low cost solution to a temporary problem. These types of ice cleats may be effective for someone who shovels their driveway three times a year or walks their dog in the snow a few times each winter. But I know full well[…]
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5 Questions To Ask Before Buying Ice Cleats

10/3/17 9:00 AM
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?
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Summing Up 15 Years of Ice Cleat Research

9/26/17 8:03 AM
It’s true – the ice cleat and winter traction aid market is overwhelming. For the past 15+ years, we’ve done the research necessary to assist safety professionals in reducing winter slip and fall incidents. Here are some tips to help you simplify the options you have available in the marketplace. First, let’s review the two most important types of traction aids: 1. Transitional Traction: Can be worn both inside and outside without being removed.
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3 Questions To Ask About Ice Cleats and Traction Aids?

9/19/17 8:30 AM
Winter is fast approaching, along with it comes slips and falls. Not good news for the safety professionals out there. Now, some safety professionals hear the word “winter” and, all of the sudden, the mood in the room changes. Because they know their job has become even tougher.  The challenge? Trying to find the easiest and safest ways to protect their employees who work in the ice and snow. So I’d like to ask you a few questions: 1) Are you tired of searching online, trying to guess which ice cleat or traction aid will be best? 2) Are you tired of buying a recommended traction aid, only to r[…]
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