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Slips, Trips and Falls (STFs)

Slips, trips and falls (STFs) are a major cause of preventable injuries and deaths in the workplace. According to the US Department of Labor, STFs make up the majority of general industrial accidents and 15% of all accidental deaths (second only to motor vehicle deaths). They are one of the most frequently reported injuries (25% of claims per year). Over 17% of all disabling occupational injuries result from falls. Most could have been prevented.

Slips, trips and falls happen everywhere – manufacturing facilities, retail stores, retirement communities, government offices, schools, corporate offices and at home. Sadly, the cost to employers and workers can be substantial.

Cost to the employer could be:

  • Loss of productivity & business
  • Increased industrial insurance premiums
  • Costs associated with training replacement workers

Costs to the worker could be:

  • Lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Depression
  • Death

Typical STF injuries are sprains & strains, bruises & contusions, fractures and abrasions & lacerations. Some of the leading hazards are:

Common Causes of Slips

  • Wet products or spills that aren’t cleaned up
  • Highly polished floors
  • Freshly-waxed surfaces
  • Sloped walking surfaces
  • Leaves, pine needles and other plant debris
  • Weather hazards

Common Causes of Trips

  • Extension cords, cables or wires across aisles or walkways
  • Clutter or obstacles in aisles or walkways
  • Open desk, cabinet or file drawers
  • Changes in elevation
  • Carpets/mats with curled edges
  • Missing or uneven floor tiles
  • Damaged or non-uniform steps

STFs are Preventable

The following are a few steps you can take to reduce STF hazards. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive.

  • Design workplace & processes to prevent potential exposures to slip and trip hazards
  • Conduct a daily safety survey to look for common culprits such as wet or greasy floors, loose mats, torn carpeting, bad lighting, clutter, cables or wires, and uneven floors.
  • Immediately attend to any problems by putting up warning signs and taking steps to quickly eliminate the hazard.
  • Train your employees in slip and fall safety including establishing guidelines on how employees should report problems and respond to customer injuries or hazardous situation.
  • Take care of your outdoor areas, including sidewalks and parking lots. Snow and ice create potential problems.*
  • Practice good housekeeping – maintain clean, tidy work areas free of clutter
  • Use safe walking practices
  • Wear proper footwear with good traction
  • Learn to fall “properly”

*A special note on addressing weather conditions in outdoor areas.

Winter can bring a host of potential hazards and increase the changes of STFs. According to MDOL and the industry’s leading insurance companies, the average ice-related slip-and-fall claim is $33,000; and if that claim is a worker’s compensation claim, that number increases to $48,000. It’s best to be proactive to keep your employees, residents and customers safe.

  • Don’t wait until the storm has started to apply ice melting products. Select the appropriate ice melt based on your facility’s needs and outdoor temperature. Practice pre-treating.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of thinking snow management automatically means safe premises. Just because the snow is plowed and shoveled doesn’t guarantee that the walking and driving surfaces are safe.
  • More isn’t always better in the application of ice melt. Follow product instructions for optimum results.
  • Don’t assume the presence of rock salt means a surface is slip free. It takes time to work.

Salt Collection Methods and What Makes Food Grade Salt Different?

Food grade salt is the purest form of salt you can buy. The typical range is 99.7 to 99.99% pure sodium chloride (NaCl).

How is it possible to achieve such a high percentage of purity? The answer is evaporation. Two of the main three salt collecting methods use a form of evaporation and are responsible for the majority of food grade salt production

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Ice Melt Season is Over…Now What?

At long last, winter has come to an end. Snow blowers are being replaced with lawn mowers, and sandals take the place of snow boots. Swimming pool salt becomes more popular than road salt and ice melt. However, ice melt suppliers like Cope Salt don’t just kick back and take a vacation during the summer. There is a lot to be done to prepare for the next ice melt season. Here are some ways that companies prepare for next winter during the summer.

Clean up

One of the first things that is done after ice melt season comes to an end is cleaning up. Here at Cope Salt, we make sure to take time to clean up and organize our entire warehouse. Things get a bit hectic during ice melt season, so in addition to our regular cleaning and maintenance we undertake a more thorough approach to make sure that everything is where it should be and accounted for.

Another aspect of clean up is taking care of our equipment. We always wash our equipment on a regular basis however post season all equipment is washed down meticulously to remove any excess road salt. This ensures our vehicles and forklifts are in tip top share for the next season, preventing unnecessary breakdowns and maintenance which allows us to keep orders flowing to our customers.

Develop a forecast for pre-season ice melt purchases and place orders

Long before winter begins, we must develop a proper forecast for our pre-season ice melt purchases. This is done by looking at data and sales from past ice melt seasons and making predictions on how much ice melt we will need for the next season. Then, once April rolls around, we place our orders for the pre-season. It may seem early, but when it comes to ice melt, it’s important to place orders as soon as possible to make sure we’re fully prepared. The better we understand our customer’ anticipated volume needs, the better we are able to stock needed quantities of each product. If volume changes are anticipated next year, let us know in April or May so we can accommodate.

Bring in pre-season ice melt and inform customers

Starting in June or July, we begin to bring in our pre-season ice melt orders. It’s crucial that our ice melt arrives during the summer so we can inform our customers of pricing very early on. Some of our customers like to place their orders as soon as they can, so we aim to share the pricing information with out customers in July or August.

Deliver pre-season ice melt

After the customers place their orders for the pre-season ice melt, delivery begins. From August to November, much of our time is spent making safe, on-time deliveries to our customers. For ice melt customers, it’s never too early to stock up for the winter. The sooner you purchase your ice melt products, the greater the chance that you’ll receive the quantity and type of ice melt that you want. Waiting until the fall or winter to order ice melt may mean longer delivery times and not being prepared for those abnormal Oct/Nov storms that occur every few years.

5 Important Advantages of Ice Melt

It may be March, but it’s never a bad time to consider the benefits of using an ice melt product for winter safety. The advantages of ice melt appeal to homeowners, business owners, and renters alike.

Advantages of Ice Melt

1. It’s affordable

Too often, people make the mistake of choosing not to buy ice melt as a means of saving some money. However, this mistake can be costly. The consequences of not using ice melt during winter weather are much more expensive than the product itself. Stay on the safe side and invest in ice melt each winter season.

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Liquid Deicer vs Salt | What’s the Difference?

Liquid Deicer vs Salt

For years and years, the country relied solely on salt to treat roads during winter weather. However, as salt supply becomes more and more limited, some people are starting to turn to an alternative: liquid deicer. How does liquid deicer compare to the traditional road salt? Below, we’ll outline some of the key differences between liquid deicer vs salt along with some benefits and drawbacks of each.

liquid deicer vs salt

Liquid Deicer

It’s clear that liquid deicer isn’t the go-to when it comes to treating unsafe roads in the winter, but it’s becoming increasingly popular. Liquid deicer can be applied to surfaces before snow accumulation, or it can be applied to surfaces that are already covered in snow. So, it works as both an anti-icing product and a de-icing product.


  • Liquid deicer tends to stick to roads better than salt, meaning that it embeds into the icy surface and results in less bounce and scatter. It also remains effective for a longer period of time.
  • Overall, it takes fewer people to apply liquid deicer than it does salt. This is a huge benefit for those who are concerned about labor costs.
  • Liquid deicer is kinder to the environment. Since it can be applied with precision, liquid deicer causes less damage to roads and foliage than bulk salt.


  • When it comes to actually melting ice, liquid deicer takes longer to work than salt does. For this reason, it’s used more often as an anti-icing product than a de-icing one, and it’s not very effective for use on thick ice or packed-down snow.
  • Liquid deicer costs more to transport than salt.
  • Liquid materials require knowledge and experience to use. While it may be easy for anyone to apply salt, this isn’t the case for liquid deicer. If the product is used incorrectly, it won’t yield proper results.


Rock salt is the tried and true material for treating icy roadways, making it the most common option. Salt is extremely effective in breaking down and melting thick layers of ice and snow.


  • Salt works faster than liquid deicer. Due to its composition, salt is much quicker at melting ice and snow that’s already on the ground.
  • Salt can be applied more quickly than liquid deicer. While it may take fewer people to apply liquid deicer, salt can generally be put down in a lot less time.
  • Salt is relatively easy to handle and store.


  • Salt can easily bounce or be scattered by traffic, resulting in more potential waste. For this reason, it can’t be spread on roads too early because vehicles could displace it before the snow even starts.
  • Its price is unstable and based on supply and demand. There’s not an unlimited supply of salt in the world, so the price of it can vary depending on the amount of snowfall that occurs during a winter season.

When it comes to choosing liquid deicer vs salt, there isn’t one option that really outshines the other. Each has its benefits and drawbacks and are both effective in different situations. If you have any questions regarding liquid deicer vs salt, feel free to contact us! Also, don’t forget to check out some of our ice melt products!