Snow Melting Mats Lower Slip-And-Fall Rates, Liability Exposure at Vermont Hospital
Doraville, GA, September 2018—With winter temperatures in northern Vermont dipping to below zero and snowfall rates averaging 125 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at Copley Hospital, located in Morrisville. Just nine miles from the ski resort Stowe Mountain, the critical care hospital’s facility management team recently installed HeatTrak Snow Melting Mats to keep the entrance to a landing and stairs clear of snow and ice during the harsh winter months.
“In the past we used salt and chemicals to keep the area free of ice and snow,” said Director of Plant Operations Mat Eagens. “But heavy foot traffic was tracking in residue and damaging interior floors, 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’re making a significant difference at Copley Hospital by keeping the entrance to the landing and stairs clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness. The issue the company had is common at facilities with heavy foot traffic. Our mats are 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 facility management 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,” Eagens 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/