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Safety is Our Top Priority for Both Our Clients AND Our Crews.

We want our clients to have the safest ice platform to perform their intended work.  Whether they are setting up a mobile crane on the ice to install a bridge girders or hauling with 30 ton rock trucks across an ice bridge, nobody wants to break through the ice!

There can be dangerous ice conditions that require daily hazard assessments, strict procedure, and trained personnel to complete. Routine ice checking procedures using cold weather floater suits, life lines, and tie off gear are all used to keep our crew safe. By following the best practices and all provincial regulations, we CAN do the job safely.

Our teams follow the “best practices for working on Ice covers” which has been written by ice professionals. It is designed to put protocol and procedure in place to prevent potentially dangerous situations.

Click on the graphic to view the PDF.


Big Ice Services also recommends the use of independent ice engineering firms to inspect the ice cover for anomalies and to guarantee ice capacities prior to equipment using an ice bridge, or before a drill rig is assembled on an ice pad, for example. The engineers provide a graphical gradient map of the entire work area of ice to prove the ice thickness is correct using state of the art Ground Penetrating Radar and the appropriate software.


By working with the ice engineer, we can work more efficiently and construct ice where it is required. The image on the left below shows the path taken by a GPR unit, and the image on the right shows the varying thicknesses of ice.  To replicate this kind of accuracy and resolution would represent hand drilling and measuring thousands of test holes.  

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Please visit our Trusted Ice Engineering Partner:

Alietum Ice

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