Winter Gritting Experts

Do You Know Your Chicken, Bowl And Sweep Gritting Techniques? GRITIT's Lantra Graduates Of 2019 Do!

October 17, 2019

GRITIT's winter gritting and snow clearance operator training courses are all LANTRA accredited and delivered by our qualified instructors, and today we take a look at the graduates of 2019 in action. We're passionate about training here at GRITIT - not only to make sure that we give the best service possible, but also because every employer has a duty of care to their employees - a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of all staff. It is ridiculous and simply not right to ask an employee to carry out a task for which they have received no training and it is equally ridiculous to use untrained people for hazardous work in the middle of the night in the middle of winter.

GRITIT's LANTRA winter gritting course

GRITIT's LANTRA winter gritting course is the most comprehensive gritting course available in the U.K., and covers a tremendous amount of ground. The training course is a mixture of classroom work, demonstrations and competence tests.

gritit lantra training day

Winter gritting preparation

  • Wearing gloves, high vis and eyewear before starting. 
  • Loading salt appropriately into bucket (Not too heavy to carry) 

 Working with the bucket and scoop 

  • Scooping the required amount of salt depending on application required. 
  • Using the scoop in a ten pin bowling style for narrow paths. 
  • Using a scoop in a side to side action for larger areas
  • The effects of salt on landscape if used on narrow paths.

 The do’s and don’ts of winter gritting 

  • Never throw salt against the wind. 
  • Always spread salt evenly. 
  • Avoid salting on grass areas. 
  • Always carry a spare bucket. 

 Use of the pedestrian spreader

  • Understanding the main parts of the pedestrian spreader and how it operates. 
  • How to prepare the pedestrian spreader for a nights work. 
  • How to operate and control the pedestrian spreader 
  • General maintenance and do’s and don’ts 
  • The model and where it is manufactured 
  • Should be 1 agitator 
  • Wheel driven gear 
  • Round base with 35Kg capacity 
  • Lever for adjusting salt flow 
  • Spinner for distribution
  • Preparing the pedestrian spreader before gritting 


Winter Gritting Technique Demonstrations


The world famous GRITIT 'chicken' technique. We cover every inch, sprinkling salt manually wherever required.

the chicken


The ten pin bowling technique - straight arm required! That's a man determined to get it down the line.

the ten pin bowl


And lastly the sweep technique, fabulously executed here to cover a wide arc:

the gritit sweep

Mastering the pedestrian spreader


manual gritting spreader training

  • How to check the pedestrian spreader is in good working order. 
  • How to check the internal agitator is present and working. 
  • Location of the flow cover. 
  • Adjusting the salt flow. 
  • How to adjust the handle to the correct working height.
  • The effects of salt on landscape if used on narrow paths. 
  • Preferred areas for using a pedestrian spreader.  

Spreader do’s and don’ts 

  • Keep all moving parts oiled. 
  • Keep clean after use.
  • Do not use the pedestrian spreader if damaged or weakened.
  • Always keep the pedestrian spreader secure on the vehicle. 

Advanced snow plough knowledge


gritit 4x4 snow plough

  • Parts of the snow plough and how it operates. 
  • How to prepare the plough for a nights work.
  • How to operate and control the plough. 
  • General maintenance and do’s and don’ts.
  • The model and where it is manufactured 
  • Angled plastic blade 
  • Two wheels at base for ease of movement  
  • What's the U shaped frame?

Preparing the plough 


snow plough training

  • How the plough is assembled. 
  • How to check blade is in good condition.  
  • Using the plough for snow to exit to the right. 
  • Using the plough for snow to exit to the left.
  • Ploughing on different surfaces. 
  • How to plough carefully whilst looking for uneven surfaces.  
  • How to work in a uniform and organised fashion. 
  • Why certain areas are better to push snow to.
  • Ploughing at a safe speed. 


Loving your gritting vehicle


GRITIT operatives are always issued with their own equipment for the year, and have intensive training on all the parts, how to operate it and how to look after it:

vehicle spreader

gritit gritting vehicle training

vehicle training


GRITIT of course has the U.K. distribution rights for BOSS equipment, and we keep a large amount of spare stock so that we can service every contract and always have spares.

boss snowplough stock


Lastly, one of the salt stockpiles waiting for action in one of the local yards - we always keep 2 years spare so we never run out.

salt stock

Contact us for more information

The extremes of recent years have demonstrated the unpredictability of winter weather in the UK. If you're responsible for a portfolio of buildings, facilities, business or retail parks, this can make it challenging to budget for the costs of winter services. At GRITIT, we offer a breadth of commercial arrangements with the flexibility to meet the needs of your business. Pay for gritting and/or snow clearance only when needed with a cost per visit (CPV) arrangement that ensures you only pay when the weather conditions trigger a visit. For more cost predictability, fixed price deals for the winter are ideal and ensure peace of mind that no matter how harsh the winter, you will only pay the agreed price.

More Information 

This covers all visits for winter gritting and/or snow clearance when the agreed weather condition trigger is reached. For clients seeking a hybrid model that combines elements of both arrangements we can create a tailored commercial plan. We can also work with you to customise the triggers for visits according to the exact temperature or snow conditions that meet your requirements – and advise on best practice for doing so while keeping your sites safe.



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