As temperatures begin to drop, walkways can quickly become hazardous due to snow and ice. Winter slips and falls at businesses are common sources of injuries for visitors and employees alike. As an employer, it’s crucial to maintain the safety of your property and keep your employees and visitors safe. Whether you take care of snow and ice removal yourself or contract with an outside vendor, it’s your responsibility to remove snow and ice in a reasonable amount of time to prevent third-party or employee injuries. Failure to do so may be considered negligence and put you at fault for any falls and injuries that occur on your premises.
Tips for Winter Safety
Be proactive and put a winter safety plan in place before the cold weather arrives. This plan should account for winter slip and fall hazards both outside and inside your business. It may include items related to removing snow, de-icing sidewalks and parking lots, using mats and mops for slippery indoor areas, and creating a dedicated space to stow wet items (e.g., boots and coats).
Other tips to consider as part of your business’s safety plan to enjoy an accident-free winter include:
Maintaining your business’s safety is especially important in winter when hazardous conditions can cause falls and injuries. To ensure you have the needed resources in place for a safe season, contact CMR Risk & Insurance Services, Inc. today.
Source – Zywave, Inc.