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03 April 2024

Why business winter maintenance plans are crucial; not only for your people, but your revenue too!

Whatever the weather or season, businesses across the UK must turn their attention to the challenges brought on by colder weather. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can create hazardous conditions, not just for the public but within the workplace as well. Implementing a winter maintenance plan is not just a precaution; it’s a planned action that can safeguard employees, customers, and the business itself.

Recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that slips, trips, and falls are the most common cause of injury in UK workplaces. In the year 2022-23, there were 561,000 reported cases of non-fatal workplace injuries, with 32% of these involving slips, trips, and falls on the same level. This highlights the need for businesses to take proactive steps in preventing such accidents, especially during the winter months when the risk is significantly heightened.

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Snow clearing and gritting are essential services that businesses must consider as part of their winter maintenance plan. Snow and ice can severely disrupt business operations, from delaying deliveries to deterring customers. Failing to manage these conditions can also lead to serious legal liabilities and financial losses due to workplace accidents and injuries.

Ignoring the need for a winter maintenance plan can be costly. Slip, trip, and fall injuries cost the UK nearly £1 billion per year.

The UK is renowned for its unpredictable weather patterns, with sudden changes that can catch anyone off guard. This unpredictability is especially pronounced during the winter months, where mild days can swiftly turn into freezing conditions overnight.

This unpredictability can have a direct impact on businesses. Without a winter maintenance plan, a sudden snowfall or drop in temperature can lead to unprepared premises, increasing the risk of slips, trips, and falls.


Ice Watch’s in-house meteorologists closely monitor weather forecasts, enabling timely gritting decisions. When gritting or snow clearing services are necessary, our operators ensure safe and uninterrupted business operations. Regular snow clearing, gritting, and preventative measures safeguard the workforce, minimise accident risks, and maintain operational efficiency throughout the winter season.

By preparing for the unexpected, businesses can maintain a safe environment for employees and customers alike, no matter what the weather may bring.

For more information on how to implement an effective winter maintenance plan, contact Ice Watch, https://icewatch.co.uk/contact-us/ or please call 0800 232 1994.

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