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Mitie’s four shades of grit

10 October 2014

Mitie has released a new gritting alert system, which indicates how much grit to put on clients’ grounds based on Met Office weather forecasts, using a four-level forecast risk

Mitie’s clients can now choose whether to have their sites gritted based on four probability scenarios – high, moderate, low, or no risk.

Mitie’s gritting business works closely with the Met Office to receive hour-by-hour weather forecasting. Bespoke software is then used against the Met Office’s forecasts to confirm risk levels for each client.

The outsourcer’s 250 gritting operators nationwide receive this information to accurately match the salt application to the conditions. Attaching the Met Office forecast to services on the ground is unique to Mitie. This prevents over-spreading which is contrary to Mitie’s sustainability policy, and under-spreading which could leave a risk of ice formation.

The new gritting alert system significantly increases consumer safety as well as improving the efficiency of Mitie’s gritting services by matching application rates to the specific weather type.

Tim Howell, managing director, Mitie’s gritting business, said:

“Gritting is usually seen as a risky business. Often clients think that ‘as soon as you touch the ice or snow, you are liable for any claims’ because you have ‘interfered’ with a natural occurrence. However, as long as organisations have taken reasonable steps to ensure they cover their risk, they will help keep their customers safe.”

Incorporating data from a more enhanced weather forecast, Mitie can ensure that clients’ legal obligations are fulfilled and that staff and visitors alike are kept safe. 


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