6 Winter Safety Tips for Businessowners
Sarah Cortez, Commercial Lines Producer
As winter is quickly approaching in the Midwest, it is important to keep your business prepared for the ever-changing weather conditions. Rain, sleet, snow and ice create a significant increase in slip & fall workplace accidents for both your customers and your employees.
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 there were 42,480 workplace injuries involving ice, snow, or sleet that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. Approximately 82% or 32,860 of them were due to falls on the same level (that is, not from falls from heights or through surfaces).
It is vital to keep your employees safe and healthy. Additionally, it is important to protect your business against the unexpected expense that can come with these injuries. Avoid costly Workers’ Compensation Insurance and General Liability Insurance claims by following these tips:
- Throughout parking lots, sidewalks and outdoor walking areas promptly remove snow accumulation and lay down salt to melt icy spots
- Ensure all outdoor walking areas are properly lit at dusk, poor lighting can make it more difficult to see the snowy and icy patches
- Consider installing slip-resistant flooring on stairs, ramps, and other high-risk areas.
- Clean up heavily trafficked indoor areas where water can be tracked in and accumulate.
- Change floor mats or use industrial fans to keep floor mats dry and absorbent.
- Encourage employees to slow down, practice caution, and wear proper footwear during inclement weather.