- Identify and Mark Potential “High Hazard” Areas
Take the proper steps in determining walkways and other areas that may be covered up with snow or ice. From there, mark these areas with a highly visible indicator, such as a pole or another similar marker.
- Utilize Floor Mats and “Wet Floor” Signs
Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish a slippery floor from a dry one—but in the winter especially, floors and other walkways are much more prone to quickly becoming wet and slippery. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you invest in more than enough floor mats and “Wet Floor” signs. Place floor mats at entrances to reduce tracking in of ice and snow, and place “Wet Floor” signs in areas that may cause slipping or falling.
- Keep Yourself in the Loop on Winter Weather Forecasts
Whether it is you or someone else on your team, make sure that at least one person is staying updated on the latest weather conditions. If/when potentially dangerous storm warnings and weather updates arise, immediately report these to employees and/or the person who is in charge of preparing the office and outdoor areas for such cases.
- Let Employees Help with the Sprinkling
Placing drums of rock salt near entrances and icy walkways provides employees and visitors with a convenient way to take care of outdoor spots covered with ice or snow. Sand also works great in providing traction for slippery surfaces!
- Get Proof
When hiring private contractors to remove snow and ice in and around your workplace, always request certificates of insurance to protect yourself in the case that someone ends up slipping or falling due to an error on their part.
At the end of the day, it’s always best to be prepared and plan ahead, so you can better anticipate any potential dangers to yourself and others. If you or someone close to you does become injured, however, contact an experienced and successful Tempe AZ attorney to help assess your rights. With over 30 years of experience, the Simon Law Group will provide a free and confidential consultation to help you out. If you wish to contact us, you can call us at our office, or you can click on “Contact Our Firm” and e-mail us directly. Have a safe and healthy winter season!]]>