Winter Safety – Preparation

Denise GillinRisk Management

By Ryland Overly, GSP, Risk Control Consultant

While snowfall can be fun to play in and look pretty, planning ahead is crucial to preventing slip and fall and vehicle accidents as well as keeping everyone safe and healthy – particularly for business owners. Following are some winter preparation tips you can use to help prevent accidents, prepare your property and protect people during winter storms:

  • Some common dangers in cold wet conditions include slips and falls as well as vehicle accidents. Use extra caution around stairs, ramps, parking lots and when entering and exiting your vehicle. This Winter Preparation Training Short has more information you can use to prevent accidents and injuries.
  • Sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots covered with snow and ice are hazardous for pedestrians, customers, and vendors as well as employees. Clear walkways as soon as possible and document your mitigation efforts using this Sample Snow and Ice Removal Log.
  • Weather is often unpredictable and extreme. Cold temperatures can create serious health problems collectively called cold stress. Download this Cold Stress Training Short to create awareness to help prevent and treat conditions such as hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and chilblains.

For more information, contact Ryland directly at 717.735.3049 or a member of the Murray Risk Control Team at 717.397.9600 for additional assistance on resources and tools for prevention, including materials contained in the Succeed / KPA risk management platform.

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