With over two decades of expertise in winter gritting, OUTCO’s operational team has more experience than any other winter services provider in the UK
The UK is experiencing some of its coldest November nights since 2010, with temperatures dropping as low as -8C (18F) in various areas
As winter approaches, many businesses and facilities in the UK are starting to think about gritting their own premises
As the UK braces for a cold spell and wintry showers this week, it is important to be prepared for the changing weather conditions with winter gritting. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing for much of the country this week, with lows of -8C (17.6F) forecast for Tuesday. Snowfall is possible, but there is “a lot more uncertainty than normal” in forecasts.
As the leaves begin to fall, businesses of every size are faced with the annual challenge of Leaf Clearance on their premises. Those red, brown and yellow tones of Autumn may look stunning and evoke dreamy thoughts of stirring family walks and mulled wine, but for business, falling leaves clog drains, leading to water damage and flooding, and accumulate on paths, car parks, and other areas, posing a slip and fall hazard. Fallen leaves also attract pests and block gutters
The UK is due to for icy weather from the end of this week, with road surface temperatures dropping below zero to as low as -5C in various parts of the country. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England
“How tech is being used to keep the UK moving during winter” – published in FMOnline November 2023. Although the automation of winter maintenance doesn’t require clients to even request a gritting service, digitisation is allowing customers to immediately view in real-time when and where that service is delivered
Self-delivery of winter gritting can be a cost-effective solution, but it requires sensible planning and execution to avoid pitfalls that could compromise both safety and budgets. Winter brings a host of challenges for businesses, and one of the foremost concerns is ensuring the safety of employees and customers by effectively managing ice and snow.