Every business owner has an obligation to provide a safe environment throughout the year, but in the winter this duty takes on special urgency. Ice and snow can create slipping hazards that could seriously injure your employees and guests alike, leading to expensive insurance claims and lost productivity.
To ensure that your property is as safe as possible throughout the winter, NorthEast Insurance Services in Freehold, NJ, recommends:
- Proactively Developing a Plan: Delegate responsibilities before snowfall occurs, and make sure all employees have access to the written plan. Your managers should know who is responsible for coordinating with snow removal contractors, maintaining the logs, and actually shoveling snow, when necessary.
- Carefully Choosing a Contractor: Be sure to check the references of any third party with whom you're considering contracting, paying special attention to their capabilities and reputations for prompt service. Also, verify that the snow removal provider has sufficient liability insurance, or you might be liable if someone is injured on your property.
- Providing Adequate Training & Equipment: If your employees are clearing snow and ice themselves, make sure they can do so without incurring injuries. Make sure insulated winter parkas and snow boots are available, as well as gloves and the proper equipment. Keep snow blowers and shovels well-maintained and accessible.
- Monitoring The Weather: Being prepared in advance of winter storms can help your team avoid the kind of snow and ice buildup that often leads to dangerous conditions. If the forecast calls for snow, assign someone to monitor the walking surfaces on your property, arriving early if necessary to begin clearing it out.
Since 1983, NorthEast Insurance Services has been helping manufacturers and distributors protect their operations from the unexpected, with comprehensive policies from many of the industry's top carriers. Visit their website to learn more about their extensive list of specialized services, or call (732) 972-1771 to make an appointment today.