The hazard indicator on most thermometers is set at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. It may not be listed specifically as such, but the freezing point for water triggers a host of hazards for property managers and owners. These hazards are nothing new, but they are often overlooked. In the event that they are taken seriously, they are sold short by the tendency to lump them into typical concerns over “slip and fall” litigation and “black ice”. Unfortunately, this oversight continues despite the fact that ice hazards are deadly. Take the Federal Highway Administration for instance. Each year, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on icy or slippery pavement leaving over 1,300 people killed and more than 116,800 injured.
Ice on roads, parking lots or walkways is a known hazard, but there are other, lesser-known hazards, which are identified below. For property owners and managers, it is important to have a complete picture of the dangers associated with ice. This is because they form a baseline for preparedness to keep assets safe and protected. Regardless of whether those assets are physical (HVAC, vehicles, landscaping, gutters, windows, etc.) or human (pedestrians, tenants, customers, employees, etc.), ice hazards do not discriminate. Appropriate defenses and protection measures should be key components of a winter risk mitigation strategy. To start, simple defense mechanisms are also included below:
Let’s face it, ice is awesome when it cools our summer drinks and provides an element of recreation or sport, but most of the time, we view it as a hazard. To treat this hazard as seriously as the liability it creates, think beyond the usual suspects. Make sure that you are prepared to mitigate these ice risks with a sound strategy. The professionals at Brian-Kyles are eager to help.