Doraville, GA, September 2018—With winter temperatures in Montreal dipping below zero and snowfall rates averaging 82 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at Canadian National Railroad Company, a freight railway headquartered in the city and serving Canada and the Midwestern and Southern United States. To meet the challenge of outdoor safety, the company’s facility maintenance team recently installed HeatTrak Snow Melting Mats to reduce snow and ice buildup at train stations along its rail network.
“Typically, we use the traditional methods of salt and chemicals to keep areas free of ice and snow,” said Materials Coordinator Noel Vallee. “But heavy foot traffic was tracking the residue, which did damage to cement and interior flooring, created unsightly conditions, and caused 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 are making a significant difference at Canadian National Railway’s stations by keeping areas clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness. The issue the maintenance team had is common 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 is our team’s number-one priority. With the HeatTrak system we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Vallee 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/