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Ice Watch provides nationwide gritting and snow clearance service 7 days a week using local operators to each of the sites managed. The service is tailor made to each specific site both in terms of when and how to grit and the equipment used.
Winter risk maintenance – We like to work together with our customers to tackle the duty of care towards the general public and your employees head on. In today’s compensation culture, increased claims during an icy winter are inevitable. The associated costs can go far further than monetary compensation. Productivity can be affected, management time increased and bad publicity which leads to damage of reputation which in turn affects your profits. Expect the unexpected and let Ice Watch manage your winter risk strategy giving you peace of mind leaving you free to concentrate on your business.
Gritting Service Benefits – £10,000,000 of Public Liability insurance. We offer nationwide gritting and snow clearance coverage with flexibility to meet our customer’s needs. Localised weather forecasts to allow for accurate decision making. Notification of gritting is made to key personnel which means that you can be involved in the whole process. Our gritting operators use a range of equipment that minimises damage to the environment and ensures that areas including steps and disability ramps are treated. We offer out of hours telephone support to our customers and gritting operators alike to ensure that the gritting service and snow clearance run smoothly.
All of our winter gritting operators are located within a 10 mile radius of our customer’s sites, they are fully trained and provide a safe, environmentally aware, quality service. As they are dedicated to individual sites they understand all of its specific requirements. Ice Watch’s gritting operators wear ID badges, appropriate personal protective equipment and comply with any site security requirements. They also hold up to 3 weeks of salt stocks and are replenished from one of Ice Watch’s strategically located regional salt stores.
7 day gritting and snow clearance
Localised specific weather forecasts are received to be analysed by Ice Watch’s Met Office trained operations team. We take into account many variables such as ground temperature, moisture levels and duration of ice risk to reach a decision as to whether gritting is required.
Customers designated contacts are contacted in the early afternoon by text and email advising of the necessity of gritting for either ice or snow.
Our fully trained gritting operators then ensure the work is carried out within the correct timings of the forecasts.
The following morning an Email confirmation of operational services that have taken place is sent to the customer contacts.
Snow clearance - If snow clearing is required Ice Watch will carry this out in accordance with the customer’s instructions. We clear small areas and footpaths manually and for larger areas and car parks we will clear mechanically.
Any specific requirements for your site we will be happy to discuss them.
We have a clear understanding of environmental variations, enabling us to deliver the exact amount of material required for the conditions. This makes our gritting services something you can rely on.
We closely monitor specific data from the Met Office and Weatherquest to identify areas where snow is most likely, ensuring our snow clearing services are deployed at the correct time.
With nationwide winter maintenance provided 7 days a week and a tailor made service to each specific site, we tackle the duty of care towards the general public and your employees head on.
As one of the longest standing gritting contractors in the country, serving the public and private sectors, we have the experience for complex requirements including security, access and timing.
From a business point of view, it makes sense to start developing a winter maintenance plan NOW to ensure everything is in place BEFORE colder climes set in. Taking care of your winter gritting and snow clearance requirements during summer means one less thing on your ‘to do’ list later on in the year.
At the moment we’re enjoying more clement conditions, making it easy to become complacent about severe weather conditions. However, winter WILL arrive and bad winters do have a significant impact on businesses where there has been little or no planning. Business continuity experts have been advising companies to have a winter risk strategy in place for some years now, but only a small percentage of companies do. Business continuity considers many factors and when we speak about ‘global warming’, what we are actually acknowledging is an increase in the frequency of ‘extreme weather’.
As an employer there is a clear duty of care. Employers must ensure their employees, and anyone else who could be affected by their work (such as visitors, members of the public, patients etc), are kept safe from harm and that their health is not at risk. This means slips and trips risks must be controlled to ensure people do not slip, trip and/or fall.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have a proactive strategy in place should such an incident occur?
- Do you have the resources for it?
- Can you meet the costs of a claim sufficiently?
- What about the subsequent loss of business or reputation?
Ice Watch can help you prepare for extreme weather by implementing an effective, efficient and economic winter maintenance plan so that you can get on with your core business activity. Putting an effective winter maintenance plan in place NOW could even have a positive effect on your next insurance premium, helping your bottom line!
Call us TODAY for a quotation tailored to your site/s. You can then relax and enjoy the rest of the summer with more peace of mind.