Do you know your responsibility as a business owner to protect your visitors from slip-and-falls?
Slip and Fall liability claims occur all winter long. However, we see just as many claims come in during the month of March as we do in December. That may seem odd, as we are just getting through the majority of our snow by that time. But it actually makes a lot of sense.
In March and April, the temperature fluctuates a great deal. We can see negative temperatures (especially at night) and beautiful days in the teens. This means that the risk for ice, in particular black ice, is quite high. And without the visual reminder of snow, businesses can find themselves icing their walkways and driveways a little less. It's extremely important that you stay vigilant with your slip and fall risk mitigation procedures so that you avoid anyone getting injured while on your property.
Here are a few tips on how to protect your customers from harm and your business from a slip-and-fall lawsuit.
- Use ice melt or salt consistently
- Hire a third party for snow removal
- Provide employees with safety equipment
What is a Slip-and-Fall?
When a person slips and falls on another person’s property, the victim may be able to file a slip and fall claim. This is an insurance claim or lawsuit that allows the victim to recover damages she or he suffered because of the slip and fall. Learn more about preventing a slip and fall here.