Heated Snow Melting Mats Solve Hazard of Snow and Ice Buildup at Vesuvius USA
Doraville, GA, August 2019—Despite its often moderate temperatures, Pittsburgh, PA, winters can dip into the 20’s and snowfall accumulation can average close to 30 inches a year. At Vesuvius USA, a global leader in metal flow engineering, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents at its Pittsburgh headquarters is a serious concern. To help meet the challenge, the facility maintenance team there recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat system across a 45-foot bridge walkway leading to one of its buildings.
“We decided to stop using the traditional methods of salt and chemicals to keep the walkway clear of snow and ice,” said Dave Taylor, technical application manager at Vesuvius. “The heavy foot traffic was bringing residue inside the building, causing a safety hazard and damaging interior floors. We wanted an alternative solution and 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 significant difference at Vesuvius by keeping the bridge walkway clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness. The issue the Vesuvius team had 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 our employees safe is our number-one priority. With HeatTrak mats we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Taylor 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 https://heattrak.com/