Snow Melting Mats Provide A Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup On Boat Ramps at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Doraville, GA, February 2019—With winter temperatures in the New York City area remaining steady at below freezing and snowfall rates averaging 26 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. Headquartered in Oak Brook, IL, the facility maintenance team at the Staten Island, NY, division of this marine dredging and engineering services provider recently had a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System installed there to keep its boat passenger ramps clear of snow and ice during the harsh winter months.
“In the past we used salt and chemicals to keep the ramps free of ice and snow,” said Stephen Brogna, dock yard manager. “But the heavy foot traffic associated with these areas was tracking residue onto the boats, creating a safety hazard and damaging boat interiors. 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 Great Lakes Dredge & Dock by keeping the boat ramps clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness. The issue the company division 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,” Brogna 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/