Winter is here and has already brought snow, freezing rain, and sleet with it! Being prepared for winter weather could save you time, money, and unneeded injury. When conditions deteriorate, are you considering your safety during the walks to your mailbox, grocery store, office, or all day on the job site?
There is no guarantee you won’t fall this winter season, but having the right pair of ice cleats greatly increases your odds of staying upright. According to Nolan Noeker, owner of Slipresistent.net, “Ice cleats work extremely well at reducing the risk if you choose the best, well-designed ice cleats for your particular situations and work with your lifestyle.” Most ice cleats work to some degree, but there can be big differences in how well and reliably they work. More than one type of ice cleat may be needed for different situations or job functions. When trying to find the right ice cleat, it’s far more effective to start by focusing on your job tasks rather than the differences between various ice cleats.
Winterwalking.com divides their cleats into three categories:
IMT’s Loss Control Department has a variety of safety resources available on a wide range of topics (including winter safety) to help reduce both exposure and injuries. Please contact your IMT agent if you think you think could benefit from a visit with our loss control professionals.
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