winter tips

Ice and snow season is here – and it’s time to make sure you’re prepared for the weather. A slip and fall can cause a workers’ compensation claim, or a lawsuit from a customer. Stop an accident before it starts by following these key steps to keep your business safe!

5 Ways to Prevent Slip and Fall Incidents:

  1. Be prepared for winter weather: From salt and sand for sidewalks to proper footwear and clothing for employees, get what you need now and make sure items are properly distributed to employees.
  2. Check for possible ice dams causing icicles or places where water may pool and freeze: Mark these areas in advance with a cone or signage to warn customers and employees to avoid the area. If possible, make a repair.
  3. Keep an eye on the weather: Snow or ice en route? Ensure employees know the weather is coming and make sure procedures are in place to clear ice and snow from parking lots and sidewalks.
  4. Talk to your team: If you aren’t out and about, talk to your employees or customers to make sure there are no slick spots around your business.
  5. Make a closure plan: Winter weather can cause hazardous road conditions, make sure you have a reliable means of communicating with workers to notify them of a business closure or change in report time.

If a slip and fall happens: If an individual is injured, contact Retailers Insurance Company as soon as possible.

For more on winter weather preparedness, head to the OSHA website.