With this change in ruling, it is important to keep in mind ways to keep your property safe and ways in which you can avoid slip and fall claims. Here are some tips:
1. Promptly remove snow and ice when it accumulates, and use slip resistant mats in heavy traffic areas.
2. Stay up-to-date with the weather and be prepared to remove snow and ice when inclement weather is expected.
3. Make sure your property has effective drainage in areas like walkways, stairs, and other heavy traffic areas.
4. Use caution signs to alert patrons of high risk areas.
5. Place sand or salt dispensers near areas of high traffic.
6. Perform regular maintenance of parking, walkways, and all other facilities, so as to ensure that your property is not defective.
7. Regularly maintain snow and ice removal equipment to ensure that it is functioning properly.
8. Ensure that you have adequate lighting in areas where foot traffic is anticipated.
9. Safely clear your roof of snow if your roof nears its load capacity.
10. If contracting out a third party for snow removal, ensure that you structure contracts with appropriate indemnity and hold harmless agreements to minimize exposure to loss due to the contractor’s employees or actions. Remember to obtain a copy of the contractor’s certificate of insurance to ensure that the contractor has adequate coverage in case of a claim.
Don’t let a slip and fall claim hurt your business operations. Call us to ensure that you are adequately covered. Should you need to report a claim, check our website or call at 508-540-2400.