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Ice Grips for Emergency Services and First Responders
The UK weather has always been unpredictable...Like our summer’s, our winters vary wildly. Who can forget the recent ‘Big Freeze’ winter of 2009-10? And what about the ‘Arctic Winters’ of 1950-51 and 1963-64?
We have very selective memories of our UK winter weather, mainly because it can be so localised. Most years the UK enjoys (or suffers) snowfall and cold, icy weather, somewhere! Just not everywhere at once, apart from those memorable UK wide winters.
Although these three examples do not seem to point to ‘rampant’ compensation it’s not surprising the 'blame and claim' culture has spread to the police force. Numbers of claims cases have risen dramatically across UK society as a whole in the past 25 years. Partly due to ‘no win - no fee’ legal services and ‘ambulance chasing’ legal representatives. When money is tight, why should police officers be any different – they have to look after themselves, like everyone else..? What is obvious though, is that there is a steady amount of compensation claims made by emergency service personnel for injuries caused by slipping on ice and snow and the amounts awarded could easily fund enough ice grips for an entire force.
For example, let’s take two northern constabularies, who are likely to suffer ice and snow most years. Cumbria...with just over 1,100 officers and Northumbria with around 3,700. Each force could kit each officer out with a pair of ice grips, robust enough to last a season, for around the same amount that was awarded in just the three featured compensation awards.
Interestingly, ICEGRIPPER is regularly approached by winter service volunteers, who help police and other emergency services. Known as ‘Responders’, many of these volunteers own 4 x 4 vehicles and help ‘ferry’ key and critical staff around, when winter conditions are too severe for normal vehicles. However they only receive a mileage allowance and they pay for their own ice grips!
Conversations with ‘Responders’ reveals that the most dangerous part of any ‘rescue’ or ‘assist’ is the short distance between their vehicle and the door of the building where they are collecting from or delivering to. The ‘Responders’ nearly always purchase industrial standard ice grips and many of them are still using the same pair they bought 5 winters ago, at an average purchase price of just over £30.
(Credit: Based on an original article By SUZANNAH HILLS, PUBLISHED: 13:22, 3 June 2013, Daily Mail)
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