Gritting Services

GRITTING SERVICES Road Salt.

As autumn slips into winter and the cold weather arrives.

In winter months the temperature often drops to near or below freezing, if you or your company own, rent or manage a commercial property then you may consider managing the effects of the winter weather to reduce slips, trips & falls for people and accidents from sliding vehicles.

We provide Salt spreading - Gritting services, spreading of Grit that helps to control icy winter conditions, as the grit helps to reduce the build up of Ice and Snow as the salts act as a de-icer.

Gritting to reduce icy conditions around roadways and Car parks and Footpaths surrounding Retail shopping centres and access roads to Schools, Colleges, Public and Commercial premises.

Winter conditions can contribute to falls and slips for pedestrians or vehicles which may skid whilst driving in your car park areas, using our Grit spreaders professional snow-ex vehicle mounted gritters, which distribute the Salt gritting at a pre agreed scatter rate via the control system, thereby reducing incidences of slipping and skidding which can could contribute to fall injury's or collision and damage.

Measuring the level of risk, deciding on the correct winter maintenance policy which your company is comfortable with, and executing it, is of course subjective.

HSE Guidance

http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/faq.htm#icy-conditions

Identify the outdoor areas used by pedestrians which are most likely to be affected by ice, eg building entrances, car parks, pedestrian walkways, shortcuts, sloped areas and areas constantly in the shade or wet. Rock salt (plain and treated) is the most commonly used ‘grit’. It is the substance used on public roads by the Highways Agency and is available form builders’ merchants. Salt can stop ice forming and cause existing ice or snow to melt. It is most effective when it is ground down, but this will take far longer on pedestrian areas than on roads.

Gritting should be carried out when frost, ice or snow is forecast or when walkways are likely to be damp or wet and the floor temperatures are at, or below, freezing. The best times are early in evening before the frost settles and/or early in the morning before employees arrive. Salt doesn’t work instantly; it needs sufficient time to dissolve into the moisture on the floor.

If you grit when it is raining heavily, the salt will be washed away, causing a problem if the rain then turns to snow. Compacted snow, which turns to ice, is difficult to treat effectively with grit. Be aware that ‘dawn frost’ can occur on dry surfaces, when early morning dew forms and freezes on impact with the cold surface. It can be difficult to predict when or where this condition will occur.

Dry surfaces, when early morning dew forms and freezes on impact with the cold surface. It can be difficult to predict when or where this condition will occur.