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Snow Melting Mats Lower Slip-and-fall Rates, Liability Exposure at ESPN

Snow Melting Mats Lower Slip-and-fall Rates, Liability Exposure at ESPN

Snow Melting Mats Lower Slip-and-fall Rates, Liability Exposure at ESPNDoraville, GA, September 20, 2018With winter temperatures in central Connecticut dipping into the teens and snowfall rates averaging 39 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at ESPN North Campus. Located in the city of Bristol, about 20 miles west of Hartford, the facility maintenance team at this division of the global cable and satellite sports television channel recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System there to reduce snow and ice buildup on the ramp entrance to one of its campus buildings.

“Typically, we use the traditional methods of salt and chemicals to keep campus areas free of ice and snow,” said Ron Coe, facility operation supervisor.  “But the heavy foot traffic associated with this entrance was tracking residue into the building, creating a safety hazard and damaging interior floors.  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 ESPN by keeping the ramp entrance clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue the ESPN 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 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,” Coe 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