Winter is fast approaching, and in many parts of the country that means that soon the temperatures will drop and everything will be covered in snow and ice. While beautiful, this winter weather can cause slip and fall hazards in your parking lots, walkways, and entrances for your employees and patrons. West Bend sees a huge spike in slip and fall injury claims during the winter months. These injuries can be very costly to an organization’s bottom line, as they can involve head or back injuries that can take a long time to heal.
Luckily, there are some things your organization can do help decrease winter injuries. West Bend has compiled many different resources that will help your organization address these four key areas of winter slip and fall safety:
- Plan: Assess and prepare your organization’s efforts to prevent slip and fall injuries during winter.
- Remove: Use traction aids and ice melt shaker jars to keep employees safe while removing snow and ice.
- Inspect: Track snow and ice removal using our sample log, learn about types of ice melt, and read through sample language for snow and ice control contracts.
- Educate: Learn how to protect your employees and customers from slips and falls with education and safety reminders throughout the winter months.
Taking the time to prepare prior to winter is critical. Lining up a snow removal contractor, ensuring employees are trained on documenting snow/ice removal efforts, and doing a thorough facility check to make sure there are no downspouts or overhangs causing unnecessary slip and fall hazards are all important ways to prepare. Check out our resources below and help keep employees and customers safe this winter.