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All posts by Bill Coyne

5 TIPS FOR BUYING ICE CLEATS - WHERE TO BUY ICE CLEATS

1/6/21 7:00 AM
The process for selecting ice cleats and traction aids to help reduce slip and fall incidents in ice and snow can be very frustrating, time consuming, confusing, annoying... and well, you get the point. The following tips can help you avoid the stress involved when searching for the best and safest traction aid options for your employees working outdoors. Winter Walking Tips 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 i[…]
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THE ACTUAL COST OF WINTER SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS

1/3/21 9:15 AM
You may be surprised to learn that companies – no matter the size – approach the problem of winter slips and falls on snow and ice is practically the same manner. There is one big difference though:  Large companies don’t just “set it and forget it” when it comes to safety. They learn and evolve. Smaller companies, however, may implement a slips, trips and falls safety policy or program, and then divert their attention once it’s up and running. And that can be a costly mistake.
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A HISTORY OF WINTER SLIP AND FALL INCIDENTS

12/4/20 7:15 AM
Sometimes, experience is earned the hard way. Bear with me while I start this story from the beginning. I had a conversation with a customer that left me confused. He had previously purchased ice traction cleats from Winter Walking while working in a different industry. Now he’s the safety lead with a new employer and he is looking to replicate the success he had with our winter PPE. He explained to me that his new employer has had a long history of winter slip and fall incidents in ice and snow conditions. He knew that he could likely solve these costly injuries with one or more of Winter Wal[…]
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YOU BOUGHT ICE CLEATS... NOW WHAT?

11/17/20 7:45 AM
I speak to our customers on a regular basis. One in particular has been buying our ice shoe cleats for years. Despite their purchase, they’ve still had a few slip and fall accidents on the ice and snow and are frustrated. After the accident investigations, they realized each incident had the same the root cause: None of the employees who fell were wearing the ice cleats and winter traction aids that were being provided.
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THE DANGERS OF VOLUNTARY SAFETY

11/12/20 8:11 AM
I’ve found that there are two ways people tend to look at ice cleats. Ice cleats are a last resort. Ice cleats are part of the workplace safety gear solution. Let me ask you a question: Why are your employees using the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they have today? Chances are, your company has a lot of PPE that are mandatory, not voluntary, as a condition of employment. What about safety glasses, hard hats, steel-toe boots, high-visibility clothing, fire-retardant apparel? You get my point. These items are mandatory at most workplaces, including yours. Why? Because your employees experi[…]
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ARE ICE CLEATS SAFE TO WEAR INDOORS?

10/23/20 8:46 AM
Most ice cleats are NOT safe to wear indoors. Traditional ice cleats are engineered for one thing and one thing only - preventing slip and fall incidents on ice. That’s it. Since, obviously, 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.
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