“Ice Missiles” Falling Off Vehicles Causes Accidents, Severe Injuries, and Fatalities

When you think of the winter and how accidents happen, what comes to mind?

Slippery surfaces, freezing rain, vehicles going in ditches, spinning out of control, or sliding into other cars. You might also think of low visibility caused by blowing snow or freezing rain. Some drivers go way too fast for conditions.

But, there’s a new threat during the winter, and it’s one most drivers don’t think of. Blowing ice and snow that flies off the top of vehicles, resulting in serious accidents and injuries.

This is referred to as an “ice missile.”

The idea’s simple: snow hardens into ice on the roof of a vehicle because it’s not been removed. A driver in a rush, or simply unaware of the danger this poses, drives their vehicle at high speeds on the highway. Eventually, the snow and ice works its way loose and flies into the windshield of other vehicles.

Ice Missiles in Action

Check out a few news stories of ice missiles that have happened where they are common in the Northeast United States:

  1. A Maine woman and her 7-year-old son had a huge slab of ice fly off another car and put a crater in their windshield. Shards of glass sprayed her and her son. Fortunately, they sustained no serious injuries.

Here’s a picture of their car:

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Image credit: Portland Press Herald

  1. Nick Metalious had a large ice chunk fly off a semi-trailer and hit his vehicle’s windshield. In New Hampshire, where the accident happened, not clearing snow and ice off the top of your vehicle is illegal. However, because of the damage done to the windshield, Metalious decided to pull over and call 911. He was unable to see the driver’s license plate.

Here’s a picture of his car:

  1. Nick Metalious had a large ice chunk fly off a semi-trailer and hit his vehicle’s windshield. In New Hampshire, where the accident happened, not clearing snow and ice off the top of your vehicle is illegal. However, because of the damage done to the windshield, Metalious decided to pull over and call 911. He was unable to see the driver’s license plate.

Here’s a picture of his car:

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It’s easy to see how these “ice missiles” can cause much more severe accidents and fatalities.

How Can You Prevent Ice Missiles?

The simple solution is to always clear the snow off the top of your vehicle. Some states have laws requiring this, such as Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts,  New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Washington. Police can charge up to $1500 in fines for not clearing snow off your vehicle.

For car owners this is easy. But for semi-truck drivers it is not. There’s no easy way to climb to the top of an 18-wheeler’s trailer. Even if truck drivers could, it’s slippery and poses them the risk of falling off.

That’s why Bluff Manufacturing has created DuraSweeper. It’s a spinning brush with soft bristles that quickly and easily clears the snow and ice off the top of tall vehicles. Drivers simply sit in their vehicle and drive right on through. It removes all snow so you comply with the law, avoid fines, and keep other drivers safe.

 

Red Pin Steel Dock Board (C) – easy solution for difficult trailer to dock.

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The Red Pin Steel Dock Board is perfect for difficult trailer-to-dock positions. Its design allows for offset parking and is helpful in other ways such as:

  • Dual-pin locking system
  • All-welded steel construction
  • Capacities from 15,000 to 40,000 pounds

Help your customers with the correct solution. With its unique, dual pin locking system fully along both sides, The Red Pin Steel Dock Board provides for safe loading and unloading conditions for container and park-out and uneven trailer to dock applications. Another plus – on docks using pit leveler WHEN they go down, use Bluff’s Red Pin Board to keep the dock operational. Just drop the board in place over the out of service pit leveler thereby reducing lost time.

It comes in widths from 60″ to 84″ and lengths from 48″ to 96.”

All steel dock boards below are manufactured and tested in compliance with ANSI Standard MH30.2 and are OSHA 1910.3 compliant.

Steel Dock Board (T) – safe and strong to handle heavy loads.

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All Bluff steel dock boards are manufactured and tested in compliance with ANSI Standard MH30.2 and are OSHA 1910.3 compliant.

  • Capacities from 15,000 to 40,000 pounds
  • Two four-hole pin pockets placed on each edge
  • Fold-down lifting loops
  • Double-bend design

This heavy-duty steel dock board is held in position using two 1″ stress-proof steel pins. When properly placed in the side pocket location holes, these pins hold the dock board firmly in place guarding against slippage. Simply select the proper pin hole location for use with conventional, refrigerated, or container trailers, or for below dock conditions. Available with Speedy Board notch option. Widths from 60″ to 84″.

Selecting the proper dock board product for your application will improve product life, safety, and loading dock efficiency. Review the Dock Board Selection Guide prior to ordering to ensure your product selection is correct.

Speedy Board ® – improve forklift safety and efficiency.

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Most accidents occur when the driver is outside the safety of the cage

Here we take the steel “T” board design and “kick it up a notch” or two to create the Speedy Board®. Fork cutouts are added to the leading edge of the board, allowing your driver the ability to “scoop” the board and move it into place and to retrieve it for storage when the job is done. Less chance of injury and less time lost moving on and off the forklift.

The Speedy Board, a Bluff innovation, allows the forklift operator to stay safe inside the forklift cage to place and retrieve the board.
Standard capacities of 10,000, 13,000, or 15,000 pounds. Higher capacities up to 40,000 pounds are available.

Manufactured and Tested in Compliance with ANSI Standard MH30.2.  OSHA 1910.3 Compliant.

Container Ramps – load and unload containers safely and quickly.

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The perfect answer for loading and unloading freight from shipping containers.

The Bluff Shipping Container Ramp is used to load and unload cargo from ground level shipping containers with a forklift. It allows for safe navigation in  the transition from ground to the bed of the shipping container.

Many end-user industry segments are using containers for shipping and storage. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to provide an economical solution.

  • Rugged
  • Efficient
  • Safe
  • Economical
  • OSHA 1910.3 Compliant

Bluff Container Ramps are built tough to withstand heavy use. They are built to last.

Standard shipping Container Ramps are available in 15,000, 20,000, 25,000 and 30,000 pound capacities. Other capacities available.

Manufactured and tested in compliance with ANSI Standard MH30.2.