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Met Office trained team
In order to ensure we are working with accurate information, we use location specific data gathered both from the Met Office and one of the UK’s leading private meteorological service providers, Weatherquest.
The Met Office has been at the forefront of global weather and climate science for 150 years. Today they combine the latest science with ground breaking advances in technology and local understanding to deliver significant operational advantages.
Weatherquest is based at The University of East Anglia. Their expert meteorologists are relied upon for data for a huge range of industry sectors including agriculture, insurance, broadcast and print media, wind energy and sports.
In our operations centre, all our staff are Met Office trained and are highly skilled at correctly interpreting and cross-checking complex data from both sources to arrive at a decision as to whether there is a risk of ice. If there is any doubt, we will inspect first and act accordingly, using professional judgement.
Location specific forecasts (replace Reporting/Analysing)
Our team of expert analysts can quickly interpret data provided from The Met Office and Weatherquest. This forms part of the reporting feedback supplied to clients. All forecasts are location specific and show hourly changes in forecast enabling us to refine when to treat and how much to apply.
We have a clear understanding of environmental variations, enabling us to deliver the exact amount of material required for the conditions. This makes our gritting services something you can rely on.
We closely monitor specific data from the Met Office and Weatherquest to identify areas where snow is most likely, ensuring our snow clearing services are deployed at the correct time.
With nationwide winter maintenance provided 7 days a week and a tailor made service to each specific site, we tackle the duty of care towards the general public and your employees head on.
As one of the longest standing gritting contractors in the country, serving the public and private sectors, we have the experience for complex requirements including security, access and timing.
From a business point of view, it makes sense to start developing a winter maintenance plan NOW to ensure everything is in place BEFORE colder climes set in. Taking care of your winter gritting and snow clearance requirements during summer means one less thing on your ‘to do’ list later on in the year.
At the moment we’re enjoying more clement conditions, making it easy to become complacent about severe weather conditions. However, winter WILL arrive and bad winters do have a significant impact on businesses where there has been little or no planning. Business continuity experts have been advising companies to have a winter risk strategy in place for some years now, but only a small percentage of companies do. Business continuity considers many factors and when we speak about ‘global warming’, what we are actually acknowledging is an increase in the frequency of ‘extreme weather’.
As an employer there is a clear duty of care. Employers must ensure their employees, and anyone else who could be affected by their work (such as visitors, members of the public, patients etc), are kept safe from harm and that their health is not at risk. This means slips and trips risks must be controlled to ensure people do not slip, trip and/or fall.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have a proactive strategy in place should such an incident occur?
- Do you have the resources for it?
- Can you meet the costs of a claim sufficiently?
- What about the subsequent loss of business or reputation?
Ice Watch can help you prepare for extreme weather by implementing an effective, efficient and economic winter maintenance plan so that you can get on with your core business activity. Putting an effective winter maintenance plan in place NOW could even have a positive effect on your next insurance premium, helping your bottom line!
Call us TODAY for a quotation tailored to your site/s. You can then relax and enjoy the rest of the summer with more peace of mind.