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    What the New OSHA Penalty Maximums Mean for Your Facility This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Feb 2, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers have many reasons to keep a close eye on the safety level of their grounds, particularly during the accident-prone winter months. Humanitarian concern for their employees and clients, the need to maintain a positive reputation in the community, the negative impacts of losing a valuable employee to injury for weeks on end, and the high costs of personal injury lawsuits are all motivations for a safe and well-maintained property.

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    Topics: Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance, Liability

    Six Insurance Lessons For Facility Managers from Last Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 20, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Bracing for the effects of significant snowfall is a critical responsibility of every facility manager. This doesn’t just include how to best prepare the property physically, but also monetarily. Here are six insurance lessons learned from the 2014-2015 season.

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    Topics: Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Liability, Insurance

    Winter Slip and Fall Cost-Benefit Analysis

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 16, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers are not only tasked with managing essential services such as parking, cleaning, and security; they must also be concerned about the organization’s bottom line. Wintertime creates additional challenges for these professionals as keeping snow and ice from pedestrian walkways is a huge priority. Cutting corners can create significant financial losses in the event injuries are caused by slippery conditions. Here are some things facility managers should consider when engaging in a cost-benefit analysis regarding slip and fall risks.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Liability, Winter Safety

    Five of the Most Highly Compensated Slip and Fall Lawsuits

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 24, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    In today’s litigious society, facilities with deep pockets are at risk for expensive lawsuits, particularly for personal injury claims from visitors and licensees. In northern locations where long stretches of inclement weather are common, slip and fall lawsuits are a significant concern for facility managers. The severe injuries that can result from pedestrians slipping on snow and ice often result in severe or permanent disability, leading to large jury verdicts. These five lawsuits made headlines due in part to the staggering amounts recovered by the plaintiffs.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Liability

    Winter Paperwork: Snow Removal Contracts, Recordkeeping, & Insurance

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 20, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Hiring a snow removal contractor is an expensive undertaking and there are several variables you must consider to ensure that your surfaces are plowed properly and safely. Prior to choosing a snow removal contractor, familiarize yourself with the basic elements of these agreements. The National Association of Landscape Professionals provides contract templates and other helpful resources for facility managers. Here are some things to watch out for in a snow removal contract.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Liability

    Liability and Snow Removal Contractors: 3 Pitfalls to Avoid

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 29, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers know the importance of keeping walkways and parking lots safe for pedestrians during inclement weather. Many organizations choose to contract with professional snow removers. There are hidden costs, however, that can make this an expensive undertaking, some of which won’t come to light until a pedestrian falls on your property and sues you for liability. Here are some things to be aware of regarding contracting for snow removal.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Commercial Property Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Liability