Use Case

Winter maintenance for loading bays

Loading bays, transport depots and logistics hubs are all busy, high risk areas in any business – and that’s on a sunny day. Add snow or ice to a mix of HGV vehicles, containers, forklift trucks, pallets, cages and people, and it’s easy to see how things can go wrong.

The Challenges

Interruption to the normal operation of a loading bay thanks to winter weather may cause:

  • Slips, trips or falls causing injury to loading bay staff or drivers
  • Fines to the operation for late delivery or receipt of goods
  • Drivers exceeding working hours and taking unplanned tacho breaks

Why are logistics and transport hubs challenging to maintain in winter?

Logistics operations that run 24/7

Health and safety guidelines advise spreading salt on walkways and access roads when the temperature drops below 3°C, and for loading bays in use around the clock, that means being prepared. The surfaces of a loading bay need to be proactively gritted before the temperatures drop to ensure they remain safe working environments at any time of day or night. If you wait until frost or ice appears before taking action, the person in charge of spreading grit will have to work around lorries and forklift trucks trying to unload or load in the bays, putting staff at risk.

A busy area that’s exposed to the elements

Many logistics hubs and loading bays are at least partially, if not fully, exposed to the elements. If you wait until frost or ice appears before taking action, the person in charge of spreading grit will have to work around lorries and forklift trucks trying to unload or load in the bays, putting staff at risk. It also means if snow starts to fall or it’s a subzero and icy night, they can quickly grind to a halt.

How AccuGrit can help keep your loading bays safe

Winter gritting and snow clearing for transport hubs and loading bays

AccuGrit has teams based the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, which means we’re ideally placed to deliver both proactive and reactive winter services to your operation. Handing over gritting and snow clearing to the experts means you can get on with the other day-to-day tasks involved in running a loading bay, logistics hub or transport depot.

Specialist winter weather forecasting for depots and hubs

For operations with their own winter maintenance plan and equipment in place, it’s essential to know when you need to use them to prevent wintery weather disrupting the operation. AccuGrit’s specialist forecasting service the Weather Cockpit uses highly-accurate predicted ground and air temperatures to ensure your team know exactly when they need to get out there and grit.

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