7 ways to prevent slip and falls
Posted on January 5, 2018
Safety is a primary concern for business, so much that improper precautions can be detrimental to profits. A study from Zurich Insurance Group found that the average cost of slip and fall claims due to snow or ice came to $15,132 for general claims and $35,132 for employee claims! Read on for 7 ways to prevent slip and falls.
7 Steps to Preventing a Slip and Fall
- Have a snow response plan in place. Create a plan to clear the snow. Timing, completion speed, crew size, snow pile locations, and communication must be considered.
- Complete proper training. Having a plan is not enough. Ensure the crews completing the work understand the plan and can use the equipment and de-icing material efficiently.
- Select the right de-icing material. Not all de-icing material react the same. Different surfaces and temperatures can affect the efficiency of de-icing material.
- Promote awareness. Sidewalk signs and safety notices can go a long way. Advocating for proper footwear and careful actions are crucial to preventing slip and falls.
- Monitor conditions. Local news is not always completely reliable. Access to premium weather services aid in storm preparation. Snowfall is not the only concern, melting and refreezing is a constant issue.
- Be proactive. Always pre-treat lots and walkways before snow events to prevent the bond of snow and ice to pavement. Clearing snow after pre-treating leaves a cleaner, less slippery surface.
7. Not comfortable doing it alone? Hire a qualified snow contractor. Start early! Contractors begin filling their books in the spring. Donâ€™t wait until itâ€™s too late to take action!