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6 Reasons to Avoid Buying Ice Cleats

10/4/16 10:24 AM

Excuses Prohibition Sign ConceptBelieve me, I’ve heard them all. But there are a few common excuses why safety professionals might avoid buying ice cleats. Here are the top six:

  1. They’re too expensive.
  2. My employees won’t wear them.
  3. Can’t wear them indoors.
  4. Can’t drive with them on.
  5. Employees won’t take care of them.
  6. We've tried everything and nothing works in our environment.

Well, I’d like to answer all of those excuses with a healthy dose of reality. Truth is, when you buy the right ice cleats for boots or other winter traction aids for shoes from the right manufacturer, those excuses lose their power.

Here are 6 Reasons Why Buying Ice Cleats Makes Sense:

  1. Ice cleats are far less expensive than the resulting costs associated with a slip and fall on ice and snow.

  2. Have you given your employees the chance to try them? If they provided negative feedback, did you discuss the feedback with the manufacturer to see what other options exist?

  3. Some Winter Walking ice cleats for boots and traction aids are safe to wear indoors. They won’t damage floors or cause a slip hazard. (Just because something looks similar at first glance doesn’t mean they have the same functionality.)

  4. There are several technologies that are safe to wear while driving or operating machinery.

  5. It may not be your employees’ fault for their lack of cooperation with PPE. Do they take care of the safety glasses, hard hats and high-visibility vests you buy?

  6. If you’re having trouble finding the right items to reduce slips and falls on ice and snow, we can help.


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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 16 years.  Email Bill bill@winterwalking.com or visit www.winterwalking.com for additional helpful information and resources.

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