Snow and Ice Doesn’t Have to Equal Slip and Fall

According to the CDC, cold weather months and the accompanying snow and ice can make Winter more dangerous than Summer months.

Did you know?
  • One million Americans are injured due to slip and fall injuries every year. The risk of slip and fall injuries increases dramatically during winter months.
  • Slips and falls are not the main cause of fatal workplace injuries but they represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
  • In 2014, there were 42,480 workplace injuries or illnesses from ice, sleet, or snow that required at least one day off of work as a result.

  • Of course, we can’t live in a bubble all Winter. We can, however, reduce the number of snow and ice-related slip and falls by keeping parking lots, parking surfaces, and sidewalks free of ice and snow.

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Minneapolis / St. Paul Gets Biggest Snowstorm Since 2011

Our crews have been busy plowing snow and clearing parking lots since Monday’s storm dropped more snow at one time since 2011.

Snow totals varied sharply depending on your location with Owatonna getting the most snow at 17″ and Rogers seeing less than 3″.

  • Minneapolis: 9.5”
  • St. Paul: 9.8”
  • MSP Airport: 12.4”
  • Prior Lake: 16.5”
  • Chanhassen: 11.0″
  • White Bear Lake: 10.0″
  • Edina: 8.0″
  • Maple Grove: 5.8″
  • Rogers: 2.5″
  • Owatonna: 17.0″
  • Cannon Falls: 13.5″
  • Burnsville: 13.3″
  • Stillwater: 11.0″

If your parking lot or surfaces are still a mess, consider the following tips to get it back on track.
  1. Hire a reliable snow removal service. Hiring a substandard service won’t cut it in Minnesota. We’ve seen snow removal companies that leave the parking lot and walkways looking like a skating rink.
  2. Monitor the slip factor by checking walkways yourself. Keep a deicer on hand if the weather should change suddenly and ice forms in an instant.
  3. Put up signs. If you know that a certain section of your walkway or parking lot is prone to ice formation, put up a sign that warns patrons or employees of the possible slip factor.

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Snow Plowing, Snow Removal, Snow Melting – What’s Best?

Plowing the snow in a large parking lot creates very large piles of snow. We’ve all seen those big piles taking up valuable spaces in the parking lots. So, what’s a business owner to do?

Snow removal services are a better approach because crews can come in after hours, when your customers are gone, and take the snow away. Removing the snow not only keeps your parking lot from turning into a mountain of snow, come Springitme, you won’t have a huge pile of snow

Plowing a big parking lot can create very large piles of snow melting into your parking lot and creating large puddles.

While snow removal is a great option, there’s another, cheaper way you can go: snow melting.

Instead of paying to have the snow carted away, you can simply have it melted. How? Meet the machine we call the Snow Dragon. It melts up to 14 dump truck loads of snow per hour. The water is then filtered to remove sediment, rocks, and dirt, and then put into the sewer system. Check out the snow dragon in action:

The Interstate Difference

How would working with Interstate help you out this winter? Here are just a couple highlights:
  • We dedicate specific snow removal equipment and snow plow crews to your property and have back-ups on hand, so you can keep your peace of mind!
  • Log in to our online technology to see the service status of your property at any time.
  • We create custom, comprehensive snow management plans for each unique property.
  • We have a 24/7 emergency service. Almost anything that goes wrong with your property in the middle of the night or any time, we can respond to. The deicer we use is minimally harmful to the environment.
  • We offer snow melting in addition to snow plowing and snow relocation.

Is Your Commercial Property Ready for Eek Don’t Say it…the “S” Word?

It’s officially Autumn and the weather is cooler in Minnesota. What does that mean for us?

We love Winter!

It’s time to ramp up and prepare for the upcoming snow removal season. For most Minnesotans even hinting at the “S” word is met with dread, but for Interstate, it’s just another time to shine.
According to the Weather Channel, on average, Minnesotans notice the first flakes on November 2nd and the earliest snowfall was recorded on September 24th.

We’re busy so you don’t have to worry

That’s why we’re busy servicing all our equipment and making sure everything is in working order and ready to go when you need snow cleared and ice melted. If you’ve worked with us in winter before, you know we dedicate certain machinery to your property in order to always have it available when you need it, and we own all our own equipment, making it easy to fix promptly and have back-ups readily available. Read More

Asphalt Scams – A Summer Rite of Passage

It’s finally here. The time we’ve been waiting for, summer! Summer in Minnesota means BBQs, time at the lake, bike rides and yes, asphalt scams. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning Minnesotans to watch out for asphalt scams. If somebody knocks on your door claiming that they’re doing a job nearby and they have leftover asphalt or concrete and will give you a pavement maintenance deal on your driveway or lot, don’t fall for it. These are typically scams, and they target both homes and businesses. They tend to overpromise and use high-pressure tactics for closing the sale. With any company, we urge you to vet them thoroughly before approving any discounted jobs. Odds are it’s a scam, and they’ll do very shoddy work and charge you more than they said they would.

Parking Lot Striping Projects – A Look at the Process

We’ve all encountered parking lots where the spaces are not clearly marked. It can be tough to know if you’re really parked in an “official” space. It can be frustrating for people trying to park and it can make your parking lot look shabby. The issue might be the result of old stripes or stripes that have faded over time. Either way, restriping a parking lot is an easy way to update the look of your parking lot. Restriping and paving updates will not only make your parking surfaces look better, these updates will help keep your parking lots safe. Clear striping is key, especially for heavy traffic parking lots. So, what’s involved with a parking lot striping project? In short, we’ll make sure that your parking lot spaces all are the same length from row to row. This will make your lot look neat and create a better flow for cars. We’ll also make sure that old parking lot stencils are blacked out to ensure that the new stenciled lines clearly stand out.