It's snowing and blowing everywhere in Ohio right now and in large parts of the United States, but as my grandmother says, "It's that time of year!" There are times when we have to go out, even during and after winter weather events. When there is snow and ice on the ground, it can be dangerous for people going in and out of homes, workplaces, shops and restaurants.
Slips and falls in winter Snow and ice are quite common during this time of year. According to U.S. Pat. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there were over 20,000 occupational injuries related to ice, sludge and snow in 2017; Of these, 14 percent (2,890 cases) occurred in the state of New York.
For companies that do not have snow removal equipment or maintenance personnel to properly handle winter weather, they may have a snow removal plan in place with a local contractor. help prevent someone from damaging your property due to slipping on snow and ice. Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind when choosing and using a snow removal contractor:
- Make sure you get a written contract. And one that covers all your business needs for snow and ice removal (eg parking lots, driveways, walkways, roofing). A representative should visit the property and take notes on requested services and potential obstacles. Make sure that the contract clearly states which services are to be performed and under what conditions. Read everything before you sign and understand cancellation fees and additional fees that may apply.
- Request a Schedule . Some contractors perform snow plowing services as part-time jobs, so this may affect their availability to perform services when needed.
- Check references . Look for a snow removal contractor who is established, licensed and a committed professional. If a company is reluctant to answer questions, provide accurate information or offer references – it can be worrying.
- Ask to see the contractor's certificate of insurance . Request a statement from their insurer so that you have it in writing. Make sure that their coverage for liability and employee compensation is current.
- Monitor the contractor's work . Make sure they remove snow and ice after a weather event has occurred in a timely manner and in accordance with the established agreement.
- Find out how the company expects payment . Most contractors have two forms: pay per plow or pay per season. If you are asked to pay all fees in advance – it is a red flag. Most contractors divide the fees into several payments, such as one at the beginning, middle and end of the season.
Ensuring that your business is properly cleared of snow and ice after a winter storm can not only help avoid harm to you and your customers but help ensure that they can safely and easily patronize your business. !
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