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    Ryan Williams

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    Snow Melting Mats Provide A Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup On Boat Ramps at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 12, 2017 11:55:00 AM

    Doraville, GA, July 2017—With winter temperatures in the New York City area remaining steady at below freezing and snowfall rates averaging 26 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. Headquartered in Oak Brook, IL, the facility maintenance team at the Staten Island, NY, division of this marine dredging and engineering services provider recently had a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System installed there to keep its boat passenger ramps clear of snow and ice during the harsh winter months.

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    Topics: New York

    Snow melting mats lower slip-and-fall rates, liability exposure at US Customs & Border Patrol station

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 3, 2017 2:37:00 PM

    Doraville, GA, July 2017 - At the Canadian-US border, average temperatures during the winter months normally drop to the single digits and can go as low as -41 degrees. With snow accumulations there at about 90 inches a year, keeping the US Customs & Border Patrol station at Houlton, Maine, clear of snow and ice is a serious concern.  To reduce slip-and-fall accidents due to the winter elements, the station’s facility maintenance team recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System to keep agents and visitors safe.

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    Snow Melting Mats Provide a Creative Solution to Ice Buildup at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM

    Doraville, GA, June 2017 - With some 22 million passengers a year, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the eighth-busiest airport in the US. Despite North Carolina’s generally balmy weather, during winter months temperatures at the airport can dip into the low 30’s, and reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents becomes a serious concern. One challenge is the buildup of ice at the jetway docking point where passengers board and disembark from a parked plane.  To reduce the hazard at this critical juncture, the airport facility maintenance team recently tested a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat. Results were so convincing that the team has now ordered 40 more mats.

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    Topics: North Carolina

    At ExxonMobil, Snow Melting Mats Provide a Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 23, 2017 2:42:00 AM

    Doraville, GA, May 2017 - With more than 6,000 employees, retirees and contractors at its Edison, NJ, facility, Texas-based ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world.  During the harsh Northeastern winter season, when average snowfall rates in Edison can exceed 25 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents at the company’s local campus is a serious concern.  

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    Snow Melting Mats Lower Slip-and-Fall Rates, Liability Exposure at Los Alamos

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Apr 18, 2017 11:53:00 AM

    Doraville, GA, April 2017—Los Alamos National Laboratory is located a short distance from Santa Fe, NM. With winter temperatures there often dipping into the teens and low 20s, and an average snow accumulation of 20-plus inches a year, keeping the facility’s more than 9,000 employees safe by reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern.  To help meet the challenge, the LANL facility maintenance team recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System to keep a walkway behind one of its buildings clear of snow and ice.

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    Topics: New Mexico

    Slips and Falls, OSHA, and Your Facility

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 30, 2016 7:16:00 AM

    Prudent facility managers are well aware of OSHA and the need to remain compliant with its regulations. For those needing a refresher, here are the basics about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A division of the United States Department of Labor, it was created in 1970 to ensure that men and women are guaranteed safe conditions at their workplace. OSHA sets and enforces standards and provides education and outreach to ensure that businesses and organizations adequately conform.

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    Topics: Slip and Fall

    Shocking Slip and Fall Statistics

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 24, 2016 7:18:00 AM

    Facility managers have a lot to contend with when it comes to the day-to-day running of a building, whether it be a commercial office space, or a hospital, institution, or big-box store. While each of these facilities have their own unique vulnerabilities and concerns, careful attention to injury prevention is essential for the continued success of any enterprise.

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    Topics: Slip and Fall

    Reducing Slip and Fall Injuries: Cost-Benefit Realities

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 17, 2016 8:42:00 AM

    Facility managers have many responsibilities keeping their buildings safe for visitors, customers, and employees. These tasks range from monitoring elevator safety to fire alarm maintenance, to watching for problems caused by faulty plumbing and electrical wiring. The common denominator of all these tasks is that they involve concerns inside the building. The fact is, some of the most hazardous conditions that need strict attention arise not in the building itself, but from snow and ice on the surrounding grounds. Here’s what’s at stake if proper care is not taken to prevent slip and fall injuries in wintery weather.

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    Topics: Slip and Fall

    Wheelchairs and Snow Removal: What You Need to Know

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 10, 2016 8:29:00 AM

    Traveling from place to place during the winter season is difficult for everyone, but those who rely on a wheelchair to get around have additional challenges due to traction problems and the lack of control caused by snowy or icy conditions.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.2 million people in the United States use a wheelchair for mobility. Couple this statistic with an increasingly aging population, and you can see why making your facility safe for wheelchair users is essential to proper management of your facility.

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    Topics: Handicap Accessible

    Make Sure These 4 Items are in Your Commercial Snow Removal Contract

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 3, 2016 7:41:00 AM

    Commercial managers appreciate the importance of fast, efficient, and professional snow removal from their premises. Snow build-up causes delays, foot and vehicle traffic build-up, property damage, and pedestrian accidents that could lead to costly lawsuits. Slip and fall accidents are among the most common liabilities that commercial properties have to contend with.

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    Topics: Insurance, Snow Removal Contractor