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    A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Facility Maintenance


    How to Ready Employees and Customers for Winter-Related Downtime

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 17, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Physically preparing your facility for winter is a key part of minimizing winter-related downtime and keeping building occupants safe. Communicating with your staff and customers to prepare them for winter’s inevitable disruptions is another key part. Here are four tips for keeping lines of communication open during the winter season: 

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety

    How to Get Rid of Black Ice Before It Causes Injury

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 12, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Prevention is always preferred when it comes to dealing with winter ice. Nevertheless, there may be times when, despite your facility management team’s best efforts, you will be faced with the hazard of black ice. Below are some options for removing it, but first, a refresher:

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety, Slip and Fall

    How Often Should You Rinse/Wash/Replace Your Entrance Mats?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 10, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Especially during the winter season, but also throughout the year, facility managers must take care to properly maintain entrance mats and inspect and replace them as needed.

    Below, we look briefly at how and when to clean both rubber and carpeted entrance mats, and give some advice on when to replace mats that may otherwise increase the risk of trip-and-fall accidents.

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety

    Six Must-Haves Your Employees Need in Their Cars This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 22, 2018 11:38:00 AM

    Keeping your employees safe ought to be one of your top priorities during extreme weather. Some key dangers to employee health include frostbite, falls, and vehicular accidents. Being appropriately outfitted is part of minimizing these risks.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter Safety, Safety

    Keeping Your Employees Safe at Work in Winter Storm Season

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 20, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    As an employer, preparing for winter storms means taking steps well in advance to prevent employees from getting sick or injured while on the job, to prevent property damage, and to avoid or cut costly downtime.

    But the safety of employees, as well as of customers and any other building occupants, must be the first priority. And while the humanitarian concern should be reason enough to reach this conclusion, consider also that the temporary or permanent loss of your workforce and/or potential liability for injuries that occur on the job site will impact your business's bottom line. 

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety

    Connecticut School District Increases Safety, Lowers Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 10, 2017 9:14:00 AM

    Doraville, GA, May 2017 With winter temperatures in East Hartford, CN, dipping into the teens and typical snowfall accumulation registering 45 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at East Hartford Public Schools, where the average school grade ranges between 500 and 550 students.  To meet the safety challenge, the school district recently had a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System installed on a walkway to one of its school buildings to keep it clear of snow and ice during harsh winter weather.

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    Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Heated Floor Mats, Snow Melting, Safety, Press Release

    Ten Slip and Fall Experts Weigh in on Accident Prevention

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    We spoke to ten experts on slips and falls to hear their thoughts on the following topics:

    1. What is your top piece of advice for slip-and-fall prevention?
    2. With all the many feet of sidewalks, entrances, and loading docks at any given facility, how should a facility manager decide where to focus resources to prevent slip-and-fall accidents?
    3. Is there a facility you've seen that has a unique way of dealing with slip-and-fall issues?

    Below are their answers.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall

    Not all Mats are Created Equal: The Science of Entrance Matting

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Every facility manager knows the benefit of an entrance mat, but most don’t understand that all mats are not created equal. Using the wrong kind of mat at a location can still lead to slip and fall accidents, negating the purpose of having an entrance mat to begin with.  With managers of industrial/commercial facilities under greater amounts of pressure to reduce slip and fall accidents, not to mention minimize floor maintenance costs, knowing which mat to use for which location is critical.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall

    Here's How to Get a Grip on Slips and Falls

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    It’s no secret that slips and falls can be costly to businesses and institutions. They lead to employees taking sick days and result in worker compensation claims, higher insurance premiums, and lawsuits, all of which can seriously harm your bottom line.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall