Each year, a large number of slip/trip and fall incidents occur in parking lots and adjacent walking surfaces that result in serious and, in some cases, fatal injuries.
Consider these statistics:
In this article, we will review how parking lot/walking surface maintenance and response to weather conditions can prevent slip/trip and fall injuries in your workplace.
Parking Lot/Walking Surface Maintenance
Establish a formal inspection program to identify current hazards and to plan for necessary maintenance, which should include at least the following:
Response to Weather Conditions
Slip/trip and falls can occur in parking lots at any time of year, but the winter months tend to have the highest frequency of these injuries because of rain, ice, and snow. An effective response is removal of ice and snow completely before employees arrive for work and continued removal throughout the day. A Snow and Ice Removal Program is the best way to achieve this objective. Be sure that your program, at a minimum, allows for the following:
WRITTEN BY GARY SMITH, APARTMENT BUILDING MANAGEMENT WORKERS COMPENSATION SELF INSURED FUND