How do you prevent slips on a curved steel bridge that’s completely exposed to the elements?
The river that cuts through the Swiss town of Gossau means visitors to Raiffeisen Bank have to cross a curved bridge to access the building – but the bridge’s steel construction makes for a slippery, unsafe walkway, especially in winter.
The Raiffeisen Bank in Gossau, a municipality in the north-east of Switzerland, forms part of a large retail complex where the shops are separated from the parking lot by a river. The bridge connecting the car park to the complex is curved, made from steel and gets very cold in the winter months. Throughout winter, the bridge would ice over, causing many pedestrians to slip as they dashed across from their cars to the bank.
- Can be laid over an existing surface
- Flexible enough to contour seamlessly over a curved bridge surface
- Strong enough to withstand heavy foot and traffic wheel traffic
- Delivers superior slip resistance
- Quickly drains and dissipates large amounts of water
Flooring specialist Wibatec recommended Frontrunner XT, our heavy-duty entrance matting, as the perfect solution for this unique application. Specifically designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, the matting has an open grid that quickly drains and dissipates water, ice and snow, plus a deep-etched tread for collecting and trapping dirt and debris. This extra aggressive surface provides pedestrians with extra traction underfoot.
Made from flexible PVC, Frontrunner XT is flexible enough to follow the curve of the bridge yet sturdy enough to remain in place – even when the steel is completely iced over. The one-piece construction means the matting can be cut to fit on site, with no previous site visits needed.
Frontrunner XT is a heavy-duty entrance mat designed to combat substantial amounts of dirt and large debris.
Seamless integration: Choose from rolls in standard widths and 10m (33') lengths or order a custom size
Simple installation: One-piece construction means you can cut to fit on site, with no previous site visits needed
Easy to maintain: Simply roll or lift to clean, no special tools needed
Diamond cut pattern
Certified slip resistant (DIN 51130: R12)
Two layer, open-grid construction
Excellent drainage (DIN 51130: V10)
Close mesh grid
Wheel- and heel-proof
Made from flexible PVC
Easy to cut on site, contours to uneven surfaces
Comes in 10m (33') rolls