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Hamilton College Cuts Slip-and-Fall Rates, Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

Hamilton College Cuts Slip-and-Fall Rates, Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

Hamilton College Cuts Slip-and-Fall Rates, Liability Risk with Snow Melting MatsDoraville, GA, October 25, 2018—With winter temperatures in New York state’s Mohawk Valley region dipping into the single digits and snow accumulation averaging 57 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at Hamilton College, located in the village of Clinton.  To meet the challenge of outdoor safety, the facilities maintenance team at the college recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System to keep a walkway and stairs between buildings clear of snow and ice. 

“Typically we use salt and chemicals to keep areas clear,” said Ed Niedhardt, manager of trades.  “However, the heavy foot traffic in this particular area was tracking residue into the building, damaging cement surfaces and interior floors, and causing a safety hazard.  We knew we needed an alternative solution and we found it with HeatTrak.” 

HeatTrak’s snow melting mat systems are designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation at industrial facilities and commercial environments, according to senior HeatTrak product specialist Ryan Williams.  He explained that HeatTrak mats prevent new snow from accumulating by melting it on contact at a rate of two inches per hour.

“Our snow melting mats are durable and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They have made a difference at Hamilton College by keeping the walkway and stairs clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue the team there was having is a common one at facilities with heavy foot traffic.  Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Williams said.

HeatTrak is the original inventor of portable snow melting mats. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America, the company has become the industry expert in snow removal matting products.  Its electrically heated snow melting mats plug into any standard 120V, 208V or 240V electrical outlet, melting snow and ice on contact.  HeatTrak products help facility managers reduce slip-and-fall rates, thereby reducing their liability exposure and helping to lower their insurance premiums.

“Keeping people safe on campus is our team’s number-one priority.  With HeatTrak mats we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Niedhardt said.

HeatTrak is the developer and primary manufacturer of outdoor heated matting products. Founded in 2004, the company’s products are an efficient, convenient, and economical way to eliminate snow and ice accumulation around the workplace.  More than 50,000 mats are in use throughout North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities.  Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at

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