Illinois winters can be brutal as the conditions increase the rate of slip and fall accidents. Inadequate or improper snow removal can be one of the contributing factors. The following tips regarding snow and ice removal as well as property management when it comes to winter weather should be considered:
- If you are a business that handles your own snow and ice removal, ensure your personnel are trained and know that they should remove the snow and ice from all sidewalks and parking lots.
- After all removal is completed, all areas should be adequately salted.
- Stay attuned to local weather reports as well as your jurisdiction’s specific requirements for snow and ice removal.
- Make sure any patrons are put on notice to be cautious as they traverse to and from your building. Encourage safety measures while walking and driving.
- Be aware of the differing ice melting products. Some rock salts are an inexpensive cost for certain paved areas, but they are ineffective for concrete as they cause damage to the structure and leave ground uneven in later months. Avoid the use of pellets in high-traffic areas, as persons can roll their feet over them.
- If you are engaging a snow removal company, ensure you review the contract so that it has a proper “scope of work” detailed within it. It should always include a certificate of insurance naming your business and the business owner’s name as an additional insured.
- Keep proper records of all snow and ice removal activity, whether by contractor or in-house. These documents can be helpful later down the line should someone claim your business is negligent.
- Check on your furnaces and boiler systems by getting check-ups now and minimizing heat loss by sealing cracks in windows and doors. Buildings should be kept at a minimum of 55°F at all times (be sure to check local codes should your jurisdiction require higher temperatures).
During this pandemic, it is easy to lose sight on how day-to-day weather impacts your business. Tressler LLP recognizes that each business has diverse needs. We are available to help you develop a plan or policy, evaluate your business records, and otherwise assist you. For more information, contact Mathew O’Malley at email@example.com or by phone at (312) 627-4052.