Liquid De-Icing: An Innovative Approach To Ice Management

Clearing snow on company premises is part of everyday work for many people in winter. When removing the white splendor with liquid de icing, even simple technical aids can significantly relieve the burden on the affected employees.

In some areas, heavy snowfall is hardly a surprise. Companies must also consider how and by whom snow removal can be carried out if the worst comes to the worst so that there are no health risks for employees, suppliers, and customers. Ideally, processes have already been established at the first snowfall based on the risk assessment (evaluation) of how employees and visitors should be largely protected from the dangers and consequences of a fall.

Technical aids such as small tractors, snow plow attachments for off-road vehicles, or snow blowers are often used. But purchasing such special equipment is not profitable in all parts of the country. Nevertheless, clearing snow represents a not insignificant amount of effort and a considerable physical strain for the employees involved. Those who have no other tools available typically use a snow shovel to clear sidewalks and traffic paths of the white splendor. Depending on the intensity of the snowfall, significant additional physical stress can occur over days and weeks.

Reduce Stress – But How?

Suitable work equipment from for example is required to relieve the burden on the people involved. These are characterized by the fact that they can either be adjusted or are generally built so that a largely upright upper body position is possible for the largest group. Snow shovels or brooms and rakes, referred to as “ergonomic,” have an upward curvature in the handle shape. Thanks to the handle, which is only a few centimeters higher, the upper body can be kept upright, which reduces the strain on the spine.

An ergonomic snow shovel allows the upper body to remain more upright. (Illustration. loom)

One way to transport large amounts of snow is through so-called snow tubs. In most cases, these aluminum shovels glide over the surface due to their support in the snow and can, therefore, deposit snow masses further away without carrying them in the shovel.

However, other options provide relief without requiring the financial outlay for motorized equipment. From particularly snowy countries came, e.g., B. Inventions in which larger wheels, such as carriages or bicycles, were connected to a shovel, handle, and push handle. Similar models are now available as hand-held snow shovels with wheels. With such aids, the snow masses can be pushed to the side, with the pushing force largely coming from the legs. This causes the snow to roll away instead of being carried away. This leads to a reduction in the strain on the arms, shoulders, and back. In addition, the person clearing snow can keep their upper body largely upright.