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Are You Reactive or Proactive?

9/27/16 10:18 AM

BDo any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • After a slip and fall incident, you purchased ice cleats but regretted the choice.

  • You felt “rushed” into the decision and didn’t have the time to research properly.

  • You purchased ice cleats at a big-box retailed, but your employees complained they couldn’t wear them indoors…or the cleats keep falling off…or they broke…or they take too long to put on.

To break that reactive cycle, you need to have a plan. Start by figuring out – long before December – what features are most important when choosing the right ice treads for shoes to dramatically reduce slips and falls on winter ice and snow. (More important, while compiling your list of must-have features, consider the people who need to wear them!)

To be more proactive, here’s a list of questions to ask to help make the task easier:

  • Are the snow traction aids aggressive enough?
  • Are they easy on/off?
  • Can your snow cleats be worn indoors without having to be removed?
  • Are they industrial strength?
  • What is your price range?
  • Do these cleats need to keep a “defined heel” exposed when in use?
  • Are they lightweight?
  • Do you need shoe protection?
  • What about built-in insulation for your traction aids?
  • Are the cleats non-sparking?

Einstein may have said it best when he defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." But I’ll leave you with my own take on it: “You don’t need to be a genius to make smarter decisions, but you must have a plan.”


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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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