Prepare for winter now

Posted on: April 24, 2015

With temperatures soaring into the high teens and low twenties in recent days, we wouldn't blame you if winter had been put to the back of your mind and your attention had turned to the possibility of a glorious summer! We would love to be doing the same, but for everyone here at Ice Watch we are already looking ahead and preparing for what winter 2015 has in store.

Every year business owners are acutely aware that once temperatures begin to plummet there is an increased possibility that staff and visitors are at risk of slips, trips and falls. Accidents of this kind account for half of all workplace injuries and where business premises are not protected by an adequate winter maintenance plan this risk can be even greater.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”

Let's be honest, predicting the weather can be a tricky task at the best of times and in many instances you are left with relatively littl

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China's Ice City

Posted on: April 15, 2015

As we write this blog the view out of the window is a glorious one, with the sun shining and the country set to bask in the hottest day of the year so far. At times like this the thought of snow and ice feels a long way away, but we were intrigued to read about the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - the largest event of its kind in the world.

Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province in Northeast China and, during the winter months, experiences bitterly cold winds from Siberia. Average winter temperatures plummet to a chilly -16.8°C, though lows of -35°C are not uncommon, and as a result the Songhua River will often freeze over. The locals have therefore decided to embrace the snow and ice, creating something which would not look out of place in Disney's Frozen.

History and Construction of the Festival

Originally established as a traditional ice lantern show and garden party in 1963, the event was interrupted for several years during the country's Cultural Revolution. However it resumed in 1985 and is held at Zhaolin Pa

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Worst wintry roads

Posted on: April 8, 2015

We often joke in this country that it takes just a few flakes of snow for everything to come to a standstill; the trains get cancelled, schools are closed and the roads often come close to a shuddering halt. Yet travel to the coldest corners of the world and life goes on as normal.

For those of you who have seen the BBC series ‘World's Most Dangerous Roads’, you will know there are two episodes in which a pair of celebrities drive snow covered roads in what are truly hazardous conditions. As a company which is relied upon to be out and about driving in all conditions, these episodes make for pretty gripping watching.

Dalton Highway, Alaska

In this episode from Series 1, Sue Perkins and Charley Boorman navigate the notorious James Dalton Highway in Alaska. Built in 1974 as a supply route for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, this gravel highway runs for 414 miles from the city of Fairbanks to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and on to the Arctic Ocean.

With just three towns along the entire route, the highway's remote location and treacherous driving con

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A decade of gritting Britain

Posted on: April 2, 2015

It seems as though the worst of the wintery weather is now behind us and, looking back, this winter has been somewhat hit and miss. Whilst many of you, especially in Scotland and northern England will have experienced significant levels of snowfall, the rest of us living in the south and east look to have got off relatively lightly.

With spring now taking hold, the media have been keen to have one last look back over the past few months and our Chairman, Paul Bowling, was recently interviewed for a piece in the East Anglian Daily Times where he spoke about how the company has evolved over the past 10 years.

Starting Out

Paul established the company a decade ago to provide winter employment when he was not spreading chalk on agricultural fields during the summer months. In the interview he explains how it was whilst spreading chalk that the idea for a winter maintenance company began.

“I realised that spreading

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