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All posts by Bill Coyne

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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WHEN YOUR ICE CLEATS ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GET THERE OVERNIGHT

10/19/20 9:00 AM
If you’re willing to pay a high premium for shipping overnight, you can get just about anything you want, when you want it. Now is the time of year when “just ship it overnight” quickly becomes the most often heard statement I hear. Of course you can have ice cleats or traction aids shipped overnight, right? Well, the answer is both yes and no. In some cases, your order will be delivered on time and it won’t reflect any delayed decision-making. However, what happens to your employees and your safety record when after paying for shipping overnight, the delivery fails to be delivered the next da[…]
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WINTER IS COMING... ARE YOU READY?

10/13/20 7:15 AM
The sun may still be shining, but we both know winter hazards are right around the corner. For those of you who admit reluctantly that you should start planning, the next 60 days are critical to your employees’ safety. And your company’s safety record. If you plan on buying industrial ice cleats or other winter traction aids for your employees to prevent slips and falls on ice and snow, ask yourself:
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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 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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