St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital Partners with Cargill Deicing Technology to Install Anti-icing Overlay to Prevent Slips and Falls

INDIANAPOLIS — St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital has partnered with Cargill Deicing Technology to install a pavement surface overlay on one of its busiest driveways in an effort to reduce slips and falls from the slick conditions that can occur in the harsh winter months.

The pavement selected is SafeLane® surface overlay, Cargill Deicing Technology's patented, epoxy-aggregate pavement surface that provides anti-icing capability through naturally reactive deicer release. The aggregate in the overlay stores deicing and anti-icing chemicals, such as brine, and releases when needed, helping prevent slippery conditions such as frost, black ice and snow pack formations.

"By installing the deicer technology within our high-risk areas surrounding our facility, we are taking important steps to ensure the health and safety of our patients, families and associates," said Steven Fitzgearld, team leader of grounds in Facility Services at St. Vincent. "Initially, we applied the anti-icing overlay on our outside staircases last winter, and have now decided to extend the partnership to high-trafficked driveways around the hospital. It is our priority to protect our patients inside and outside the hospital."

Specially designed for common pedestrian areas such as walkways, stairs and parking ramps to provide fast-acting anti-icing and increased surface friction, SafeLane® surface overlay can help to reduce the number of slips and falls associated with snow and ice conditions. The impermeable epoxy layer seals the pavement and creates a durable bond with the aggregate, which helps prevent water, chlorides and chemicals from permeating and damaging the infrastructure.

By pre-treating the surface with better-targeted applications the amount of chemicals used is greatly reduced, resulting in less run-off into surrounding vegetation and a more environmentally-friendly winter maintenance solution.

In addition to walkways, ramps and steps, SafeLane® surface overlay is also effective for dangerous intersections and curves or stretches of roads, entrance and exit ramps, and approaches to toll barriers and steep grades. The product is available for both vehicle (HDX) and pedestrian (CA-48) traffic.   

More about Cargill Deicing Technology

Cargill Deicing Technology is committed to providing customers with deicing solutions that save lives, enhance commerce and reduce environmental impact. Located in North Olmsted, Ohio, Cargill Deicing Technology understands the science behind ice melters and is committed to sharing that knowledge with customers and using it to improve offerings. As well as SafeLane® surface overlay, Cargill Deicing Technology offers additional products to the winter maintenance industry, including the AccuBrine® automated brine maker, the AccuBatch® brine maker and ClearLane® enhanced deicer.

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About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 140,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit

More about St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital

Driven by the faith of four Daughters of Charity who arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 with $34.77 in their pockets, the St. Vincent Hospital mission is to treat the poor and sick by following our Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication.  Our healthcare ministry has grown to include six Centers of Excellence: Women's, Children's, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience and Cancer Care.  The ageless mission of St. Vincent remains unchanged: to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need.

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