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How To Prevent Slipping on Ice This Winter

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 there were 34,860 workplace slip and fall injuries involving ice, sleet or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate.  At Society Insurance, the number one loss source for both workers compensation and liability claims are slips and falls.

There are important steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of walking on ice. (more…)

Walk Safely on Ice (Like a Penguin)

This entry is part of 10 in the series Winter Defense

Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Pay attention to the weather and stay inside to avoid icy hazards when you can. When you do venture out, walking in winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are the number one source of loss for Society Insurance policyholders.

No matter how well the snow and ice is cleared from parking lots or sidewalks, customers and employees may still encounter some slippery surfaces. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers.

Consider these tips: (more…)

Salting Winter Sidewalks

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Winter Defense

Slip and falls represent a huge liability for business owners. Outdoor surfaces, such as parking lots, sidewalks and walkways, are one of the leading areas for slip and fall accidents. These areas become increasingly more hazardous in the winter with the accumulation of snow and ice. Slip and falls are the number one source of loss for Society Insurance policyholders for both customer and employee injuries.

If you own your property you are responsible for the snow and ice removal. If you are a tenant who leases your space check your lease agreement to see who is responsible for snow and ice removal; it may be you! Whether it is in an effort to save time or money, some business owners opt out of using ice melt on slippery sidewalks and entryways. By doing nothing, business owners open themselves up to customer liability claims as well as employee injury.  Business owners should have a winter snow removal and ice treatment plan to prevent customers and employees from slipping and falling. (more…)

10 Tips for Winter Travel

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Winter Defense

Winter is upon us – or very close depending on your tolerance for our current weather. Although most of us like to think we’re pros at traveling in winter weather, it’s never too late for a brief reminder with some tips on how to make sure we arrive at our destination safely.  (more…)

Prevent Common Winter Losses with Early-Season Maintenance

Winter 2013-2014 was one of the coldest on record in parts of the Midwest, according to the government’s official monthly climate report recently released. Due to the severe cold temperatures and the amount of snowfall we had, there was not a lot of meltdown either. It is likely that you or someone you know experienced some type of freezing, collapse damage, or slip and fall injuries.

Early preparation is one way to combat potential untimely losses.

To prevent freeze damage: (more…)

Clearing Confusion with Snow Removal Contracts

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Business Contracts

Can we all agree that there is actually something comforting about looking out the window on a cold winter’s day and seeing a nice new blanket of snow on the ground?  Particularly if that snow is no longer on the sidewalks, parking lots, or road ways?

If you are a business owner and you share this sentiment, you have probably long ago thought through what is required for your business to attend to the needs of clearing your adjacent sidewalks and parking lots. You have done this to provide safe access to your building for your customers and employees.

If your solution to this matter has included hiring a snow removal contractor, you’ve probably executed some sort of agreement for this service. This agreement likely has included the level of service they will provide and how much it will cost. But, did the agreement also include language that makes it clear who will be responsible for an accident on the sidewalk or in the parking lot while the snow is being removed or after it has been removed? (more…)

Protect Your Business from Winter Slips & Falls

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Winter Defense

In part three of this four-week Winter Defense Series, I provide suggestions to protect your business from the leading cause of loss — slips and falls. If you missed the other ways you can keep yourself and your business safe this winter, check out Dress to Protect with clothing and layering suggestions, as well as Recognizing Dangerous Symptoms, which identifies warning signs and first aid for frostbite and hypothermia.

Slips and falls can happen anytime and anywhere, but the likelihood increases in winter due to snow and ice build-up outdoors and slush and water being tracked into buildings. A Society Insurance study of restaurant and tavern losses found slips and falls were the leading source of customer injury. A national study found slips and falls were the second-leading cause of employee injury, increasing 41 percent since 1998! (more…)

Overlooked Bar Safety Tips Your Tavern Can’t Miss

On top of normal day-to-day operations, bar owners are responsible for the continued safety of customers and employees. Given the industry’s laundry list of risks, ranging from slips to security, this task can seem quite daunting. It’s not surprising then that some seemingly small—but just as important—measures can get overlooked at the expense of larger safety issues.

Make sure to address these small details that can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your bar on its feet. (more…)