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

2/15/20 8:09 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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HOW TO KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES SAFE INDOORS & OUTDOORS

2/8/20 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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THE ACTUAL COST OF WINTER SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS

2/6/20 8:00 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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THE TOP QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING ICE CLEATS

12/12/19 9:44 AM
Who doesn’t love winter?  With the snow falling, it’s simply a beautiful time of year. Some people, however, are far from excited. Why? With winter usually 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 is about to become even tougher.  Seasonal weather-related headaches are about to begin.  The challenge? Trying to find the easiest and safest ways to protect their employees who work in the ice and snow.
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RETAIL ICE CLEATS vs. INDUSTRIAL ICE CLEATS – WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

11/25/19 8:15 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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SUMMING UP 40 YEARS OF ICE CLEAT RESEARCH

1/30/19 8:03 AM
It’s true – the ice cleat and winter traction aid market is overwhelming. For over 40 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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