How long should an ice cleat last? This is the most common question I get from safety professionals. It’s a fair question to ask and one you should have an understanding of before you purchase winter cleats.
And when someone asks me that question, what I’m hearing is, “How many of these things am I going to buy to get through the winter?”
Some ice cleats for shoes are built for recreational purposes, like walking the dog and shoveling the driveway, while others are built for utility workers, letter carriers and construction workers. If you use the wrong ice cleat for the wrong job task, you will experience drastic differences in how long they will last.
If you are a utility worker who regularly deals with power outages due to snow and ice storms, and you chose an ice cleat from a retail store designed for recreational use, you might burn through five to ten ice cleats for shoes in one winter season. If you are looking for ice cleats for shoes for walking the dog, and you buy industrial-strength winter cleats, it just may be the only ice cleat you ever need to buy!
Understanding which type of ice cleat you are purchasing is key to understanding how long they will last. If you are looking to buy winter cleats for outdoor workers, in order to avoid winter slip and fall incidents, then you should also avoid traditional, consumer-driven retail stores.
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Jordan Bell is the Executive Vice President for Winter Walking. He has been helping organizations across a wide variety of business sectors prevent workplace slips and falls in ice and snow for over 13 years. Winter Walking currently helps some of the world’s largest organizations keep their employees both safer and more productive while working outdoors in the winter season. Contact [email protected] or visit www.winterwalking.com.