Top 5 Ways To Prevent Slip And Falls During Winter
Liability Insurance, Loss Prevention
February 19, 2020
Young or old, big or small, it is something we all deal with.
As if there is not enough to worry about in our normal everyday life, the winter brings an extra layer of concern about the dreaded slip and fall.
While streets and walkways become ice covered, our trip to and from the car suddenly becomes hazardous to our health. With 9,000 hospitalizations in Canada during the winter of 2016/2017, this is something we should all be concerned with but is especially true for any business owner who owns property where employees and customers visit.
If you are not taking the proper precautions to prevent slip and falls outside of your building you are leaving yourself vulnerable to injury lawsuits.
Just Google slip and fall injury and take note of how many ads for lawyers come up in the search results. It is up to us to protect ourselves.
HERE ARE THE TOP 5 WAYS TO PREVENT SLIP AND FALLS THIS WINTER
HIRE MAINTENANCE CREW
Give the job of maintaining the surrounding area of your building to a professional. Have them prevent and remove dangerous ice and snow build up.
LEVEL OUT CHANGES OF ELEVATION
Notice a treacherous and unnecessary rise or slant in the walk way around your building? Take the time to have it leveled out or corrected in some way.
ENCOURAGE PROPER FOOTWEAR
This is especially true for your employees. While leather soled shoes can exasperate a slippery condition, winter boots with stronger treads can keep you upright.
No matter how effective footwear is or how well the grounds are maintained, a sturdy handrail is often the surest bet to stay on your feet in winter conditions.
CREATE CHANNEL FOR EMPLOYEES TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL HAZARDS
Implement a proactive approach by having employees become more aware of potential risks and to report them through the proper channels so they can be corrected. Hang flyers in your window as reminders for them to be vigilant.Potential risks can include ice or snow build up on the ground, a damaged handrail, a tripping hazard in the sidewalk or even icicles overhead (which can be considered a slip and fall risk if we count the fall after someone gets bonked on the head by one).
Implementing these tips will not only help keep you and your team physically safer, it will also greatly reduce the risk of a personal injury lawsuit. Nobody wants that!
As a mutual insurance provider of both farm and auto insurance (in addition to business and home), we often get questions related to farm vehicles including when and why to register a vehicle with a farm plate.
Individually we all have different questions as we begin to emerge from lockdown:
• How can I stay safe?
• Are my clothes still in style?
• How do I lose the pandemic 15?
• Will there be a second wave?
• What month is it?
• What is that glowing hot ball in the sky?
If 2020 has taught us anything so far, it is that most of us need to work on being better prepared in the event of a supply chain disruption. Power and communication are certainly high up there in terms of priorities but there is nothing more important for our survival than reliable food supply.