Prepare for winter now

24th April, 2015

With temperatures soaring into the high teens and low twenties in recent days, we wouldn't blame you if winter had been put to the back of your mind and your attention had turned to the possibility of a glorious summer! We would love to be doing the same, but for everyone here at Ice Watch we are already looking ahead and preparing for what winter 2015 has in store.

Every year business owners are acutely aware that once temperatures begin to plummet there is an increased possibility that staff and visitors are at risk of slips, trips and falls. Accidents of this kind account for half of all workplace injuries and where business premises are not protected by an adequate winter maintenance plan this risk can be even greater.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”

Let's be honest, predicting the weather can be a tricky task at the best of times and in many instances you are left with relatively little time to prepare. So how do you go about taking the reasonable steps as suggested in the 1974 Act?

Those looking to effectively manage winter risks are encouraged to:

  • Carry out a thorough inspection of your site and identify potentially hazardous areas
  • Put in place a winter maintenance strategy to ensure the well-being of all employees, visitors, contractors and members of the public visiting your site
  • Regularly review your winter maintenance plan and make any changes as required
  • Ensure that you have adequate resources to implement your plan, including suitably trained staff, sufficient salt supplies and gritting equipment

How Ice Watch Can Help

At this moment in time, preparing for the winter months may not be high on your list of priorities. But in the same way you wouldn't wait until temperatures dip below freezing to get your broken boiler fixed; it always pays to put a winter maintenance plan in place now to ensure you are adequately prepared.

At Ice Watch we encourage you to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have a proactive winter strategy in place to deal handle the risks associated with the winter weather?
  • Do you have the resources available to implement your strategy?
  • Could you afford to meet the costs that may arise from any claim resulting from an accident?
  • How would you deal with the subsequent loss of business and/or reputation?

If you answered ‘no’ to any of those questions, we can help you develop an effective and efficient maintenance plan. Our bespoke plans ensure that our clients are able to continue with their core business activities, whilst guaranteeing the safety of staff, visitors and the general public.

If you would like to find out more about how Ice Watch can assist your business next winter, get in touch to discuss a tailored quotation. Putting a plan in place now will give you the freedom to sit back and enjoy the summer!

Cars in a snow covered car park

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