It’s January that means we’re right in the middle of snow season. Do you know where your snow removal crew is at?
Well, we hope you do, because uncleared sidewalks at your commercial property spell trouble! Did you know that 90% of walkway injuries happen with less than 1 inch of snow? Just a thin layer of snow is all it takes to make the difference between a clear sidewalk and a slippery mess. If sidewalks aren’t cleared properly, liability falls on you as the property owner.
After clearing the snow, it’s extremely important to also apply a deicing agent. Even that tiny trace of snow that’s left over after shoveling or brushing snow can become slippery. This step is equally as important as removing the snow!
So, to protect yourself from slip-and-fall lawsuits, you should:
- Hire a reliable snow removal service. Yes, we’re tooting our own horn with this step, but hiring a substandard service won’t cut it in Minnesota. We’ve seen snow removal companies that leave the parking lot and walkways looking like a skating rink.
- Monitor the slip factor by checking walkways yourself. Keep a deicer on hand if the weather should change suddenly and ice forms in an instant.
- Put up signs. If you know that a certain section of your walkway or parking lot is prone to ice formation, put up a sign that warns patrons or employees of the possible slip factor.
Together, we can keep Minnesota safe for walking. For more about Minnesota snow sidewalk rules, download the snow shoveling flyer.