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Winter cleats help prevent a leading cause of on-the-job injuries

Easy-on, easy-off Diamond Grip provides unmatched footwear traction when winter cold creates dangerous conditions

January 15, 2013
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Diamond Grip cleatsWhen winter cold brings snowy or icy conditions all outdoor work—even walking—can become treacherous. Workers need serious traction to prevent dangerous and costly injuries, and nothing delivers traction like Diamond Grip from ICEtrekkers. In just seconds, Diamond Grip attaches dozens of case hardened, alloy steel grippers to the bottom of a shoe or boot. The patented six-pointed “diamond beads” are strung on steel aircraft cable and put literally hundreds of biting edges under the heel and the ball of the foot to grip the slickest ice, hardest-packed snow, and even rock or gravel. Easy to use and built to last, Diamond Grip is the most dependable way to enhance the winter safety of outdoor footwear when the work is hard and the conditions are harsh.

Millions of people fall each year, causing injuries, most frequently, to the head, wrist, elbow or hip. National Safety Council statistics show that thousands die due to fall-related injuries, and The Department of Labor estimates the cost of an average slip and fall injury to be about $28,000. Estimates put North American lost workdays due to slip/fall injuries at over 100 million a year, at an annual cost of $36 billion. Not all falls are outdoors, and not all can be prevented, but for those who face the risk, traction can make the difference between getting the job done and winding up in a hospital or clinic.

Diamond Grip is ICEtrekkers’ top-of-the-line winter traction device, designed for the most challenging conditions. These slip-on ice cleats put a rectangle of gripping beads under the ball of the foot and a triangle under the heel, and attach them with hardened steel chain and steel rivets to a tough rubber sling that slips over the toe and heel of the shoe. The patented gripper design is self-clearing so there is no risk of icing up and losing traction. Diamond Grip cleats go on in one smooth motion and stay on until you’re ready to remove them. No straps or other attachments are needed. And Diamond Grip is both comfortable enough to wear all day and durable enough to last for years.

“Over the last three years we’ve sold over 500,000 Diamond Grip sets to delivery personnel, oil, gas, utility, and power workers, waste management workers, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel, railroad employees, firefighters, and other outdoor professionals,” says ICEtrekkers founder Kate LaGrand. “Many of the companies we serve require their workers to use Diamond Grip for winter work.”

LaGrand’s company started out making high-end winter traction products for cars, trucks, and specialized vehicles and, after a decade-and-a-half, decided to apply what they’d learned to footwear. In 1986 the company introduced ICEtrekkers and has been improving the products ever since. “We examined all the competing products, as well as our own designs, to improve on the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses,” says LaGrand. “We designed the Diamond Grip model so that only case hardened steel links and traction beads contact the ground, for maximum durability. We use a resilient rubber sling that stays tough and flexible at bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures, as our users on Alaska’s North Slope can attest. You can put them on or take them off in a couple of seconds wearing winter gloves, and they grip like nothing you’ve ever seen.”

Diamond Grip cleats are available from Grainger and a variety of other safety product distributors and outdoor retailers.

ICEtrekkers offers a range of personal winter traction products including ICEtrekkers Chains, Spikes and Diamond Grip lines. The company’s goal is to provide the best possible products at the best possible prices for the urban walker, open-air enthusiast, or outdoor professional.

About Shoe In

The Shoe In by The Weinbrenner Shoe Company is a patented, EVA, ultra lightweight slip-on overshoe that is designed with one mission: to keep clean floors clean. Shoe In overshoes can be worn indoors to prevent dirty shoes from soiling the floor, or outdoors to keep shoes clean. They come in a variety of configurations, including Open Toe, Closed Toe, Safety Toe with a steel toe and the Ice-Ts featuring studs for traction on snow and ice. The patented gripper teeth on all models provide hands-free operation and require no bending over. Shoe In overshoes are easy to clean and fit over most shoes, making them ideal for a number of situations and industries where cleanliness is a priority. For more information about Shoe In, please visit www.weinbrennerusa.com.

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