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    Ryan Williams

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    Slips and Falls, OSHA, and Your Facility

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 30, 2016 7:16:00 AM

    Prudent facility managers are well aware of OSHA and the need to remain compliant with its regulations. For those needing a refresher, here are the basics about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A division of the United States Department of Labor, it was created in 1970 to ensure that men and women are guaranteed safe conditions at their workplace. OSHA sets and enforces standards and provides education and outreach to ensure that businesses and organizations adequately conform.

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    Topics: Slip and Fall

    Shocking Slip and Fall Statistics

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 24, 2016 7:18:00 AM

    Facility managers have a lot to contend with when it comes to the day-to-day running of a building, whether it be a commercial office space, or a hospital, institution, or big-box store. While each of these facilities have their own unique vulnerabilities and concerns, careful attention to injury prevention is essential for the continued success of any enterprise.

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    Topics: Slip and Fall

    Reducing Slip and Fall Injuries: Cost-Benefit Realities

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 17, 2016 8:42:00 AM

    Facility managers have many responsibilities keeping their buildings safe for visitors, customers, and employees. These tasks range from monitoring elevator safety to fire alarm maintenance, to watching for problems caused by faulty plumbing and electrical wiring. The common denominator of all these tasks is that they involve concerns inside the building. The fact is, some of the most hazardous conditions that need strict attention arise not in the building itself, but from snow and ice on the surrounding grounds. Here’s what’s at stake if proper care is not taken to prevent slip and fall injuries in wintery weather.

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    Topics: Slip and Fall

    Wheelchairs and Snow Removal: What You Need to Know

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 10, 2016 8:29:00 AM

    Traveling from place to place during the winter season is difficult for everyone, but those who rely on a wheelchair to get around have additional challenges due to traction problems and the lack of control caused by snowy or icy conditions.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.2 million people in the United States use a wheelchair for mobility. Couple this statistic with an increasingly aging population, and you can see why making your facility safe for wheelchair users is essential to proper management of your facility.

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    Topics: Handicap Accessible

    Make Sure These 4 Items are in Your Commercial Snow Removal Contract

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 3, 2016 7:41:00 AM

    Commercial managers appreciate the importance of fast, efficient, and professional snow removal from their premises. Snow build-up causes delays, foot and vehicle traffic build-up, property damage, and pedestrian accidents that could lead to costly lawsuits. Slip and fall accidents are among the most common liabilities that commercial properties have to contend with.

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    Topics: Insurance, Snow Removal Contractor

    John Allin on Slip and Fall Lawsuits and the Snow & Ice Removal Industry

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 27, 2016 4:06:54 PM

    In this interview, you’ll learn all about John Allin, founder of SIMA, key player in the founding of ASCA, expert witness, and overall big name in the snow and ice removal industry.

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    Topics: Snow and Ice Management, Slip and Fall

    25 Ways to Maintain your Facility this Winter!

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 1, 2016 2:35:00 PM

    Even if the snow hasn't started falling where you are, it still pays to be prepared!

    Here are 25 things to keep in mind when planning your facility's winter maintenance checklist: 

    1. Keep walkways, doorways, stairways and high-traffic areas free of clutter and debris.

    2. Keep sidewalks, walkways and rooftops free of ice and snow. Snow melting mats are an efficient and convenient way to prevent snow and ice accumulation around a facility and help reduce slip-and-fall accidents. Look for products that are portable and designed to be left outside for the entire winter season.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management

    Ten Slip and Fall Experts Weigh in on Accident Prevention

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    We spoke to ten experts on slips and falls to hear their thoughts on the following topics:

    1. What is your top piece of advice for slip-and-fall prevention?
    2. With all the many feet of sidewalks, entrances, and loading docks at any given facility, how should a facility manager decide where to focus resources to prevent slip-and-fall accidents?
    3. Is there a facility you've seen that has a unique way of dealing with slip-and-fall issues?

    Below are their answers.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall

    Tree and Landscaping Precautions to Take Before Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Your facility trees and carefully manicured landscaping enter the "danger zone" with every approaching winter season. Unless you take the proper precautions, and in a timely manner, you run the risk of losing the money you have already invested, spending more than you should on "post-winter recovery," and allowing your trees and landscaping to become a danger to those present on the property.

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    Topics: Landscaping, Facilities Maintenance, Winterkill

    Tree and Landscaping Hazards Caused by Snow and Ice

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Trees, shrubs, plants, turf, and other landscaping elements at commercial/industrial facilities routinely "take a beating" every winter as prolonged snow and ice cover, dry, dehydrating winds, and relentless freeze-thaw cycles lead to "winter kill."

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    Topics: Commercial Property Management, Landscaping, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety