8 Tips for Effective Snow and Ice Removal
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When the winter roads get slick, you must act quick. Having a quality snow and ice removal system will minimize risk for employees, visitors and your facility during the winter months.
Best practices recommend you should:
1. Create a Checklist or Log
- Acquire insurance limits from contractors; some example limits include:
- Workers’ compensation: $1,000,000 occurrence/aggregate
- Commercial general liability: $1,000,000 occurrence/$2,000,000 aggregate
- Automobile liability: $1,000,000 occurrence/aggregate
- Read through our recent legislative update on a new Illinois law regarding snow removal contracts.
- Implement incident reporting procedures
- Assign person(s) responsible and snow and ice removal personnel (at facility level including backups)
- Purchase required equipment (blowers, plows, shovels, salt, etc.)
2. Regulate Removal Frequency
Don’t wait until the last minute. The bulk of snow and ice removal should take place prior to employees coming and going to work during shift changes. Removal must continue throughout the day if snow and ice continues to accumulate.
3. Move Snow Pile Drainage
Pile snow and ice in an area where the run-off will drain to a safe location. This will prevent the run-off from becoming an additional hazard when it freezes again.
4. Plow After Hours
Take advantage of the hours when the parking lot is empty of cars to remove snow, ice, slush and frozen run-off. Contractors should be available during these after-hour periods.
5. Coordinate Plowing and Parking
When possible, direct people to park in lots that have already been plowed. This allows unplowed areas to be free for snow removal.
6. Clear Walkways in Parking Lots
Clear paths in the parking lot for walking. Parking lots are difficult to keep completely free of ice and snow due to their size. Keeping a walking path clear reduces the opportunity and risk of falling.
7. Observe Thawing Periods
This is a period of time often neglected for snow removal. Thawing snow and ice freezes again at night to create a hazard in the morning. Take advantage of thawing periods and remove all melting snow and ice.
8. Apply Salt and Sand
Use salt, sand and alternative materials on areas that have been cleared of ice and snow. This practice slows down further accumulations. Sand provides some traction on ice.
Keeping employees and visitors safe every season, especially winter, should always be top of mind. Take immediate action to create a plan to remove snow and ice and minimize risk. For other tips on staying safe, check out our Safety E-Book.
- IL Snow Removal Legislation Facts
- 3 Tips for Preventing and Managing Slip & Fall Claims
- Preventing Harm: Slips, Trips and Falls
- Time to Suit Up for Winter Weather
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