Property owners and managers know how important it is to make sure their property is well-maintained and safe. They are responsible for treating and clearing hazards, like snow and ice, to reduce the risk of a slip and fall liability claim on their property.
While members of the public have a duty to exercise caution when walking in potentially hazardous winter conditions, all too often the legal implications of a slip and fall land on the property owner. Therefore, property owners must exercise reasonable care when it comes to keeping their areas free of snow and ice.
Slip and fall conditions are not always visible. Ice is difficult to see, especially black ice, and could even be concealed by snow. Pedestrians are usually watching for vehicles and are not typically paying attention to the walking surface for patches of ice.
In a 2017 study, the average injury claim for a pedestrian slip and fall injury on ice in a parking lot was $18,000 to $30,000; and worker’s compensation claims were higher at $25,000 to $45,000 per claim.
What is the key to protecting your business from slip and falls?
- An expertly designed, custom snow response plan.
- Highly trained snow contractors to execute the plan.
- Thorough legal documentation of the work done.
The right plan, executed by the right team, that is properly documented will be a welcome addition your operational processes to further protect your business. Do you have the right contractor to protect your property?