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Don’t slip up by ignoring winter

Last winter was officially the coldest for more than 30 years as snow covered large parts of the UK for several weeks and temperatures plummeted to below minus-20 in some areas, which had a severe impact on many businesses.

As the UK once again finds much of itself covered in snow, workplace equipment provider Slingsby is urging businesses to do all they can to prevent accidents caused by slips and trips, which always increase during the winter months.

Lee Wright, marketing director of Slingsby explains: “The 2009-2010 winter was exceptional both in its severity and duration and took the whole country by surprise. It cost the UK's economy billions of pounds in lost trade and absenteeism and although this winter may not be as bad, it's still false economy not to prepare for it.

“There was a major shortage of salt last winter so it makes sense to stock up on it now especially because it's cost-effective and can be stored for long periods of time. Putting salt – or grit – down is one of the easiest ways of preventing slips and trips that are caused by walkways being wet or icy underfoot and the dark nights reducing visibility.

“It's also a good time to think about general improvements that can be made to your premises such as placing matting around entrances, which will help to keep floors dry and using warning signs in areas where floors become wet and slippery. Plus it's important to make sure there is sufficient lighting inside and outside your premises so that potential hazards can be seen; often this can just be a case of using brighter bulbs in existing lights.”

Phone 0800 294 4440 or visit www.slingsby.com for products and further information.

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