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    5 Ways to Protect your Facility from Slip and Fall Injuries This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 17, 2017 3:47:00 PM

    Each winter brings a host of challenges for facility managers. Employee sickness can disrupt your workflow, while freezing pipes and roof collapse can cause severe property damage. Power outages can harm your equipment, and closed roads can impede access for workers, customers, and visitors.

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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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    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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    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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    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

    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

    Not all Mats are Created Equal: The Science of Entrance Matting

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Every facility manager knows the benefit of an entrance mat, but most don’t understand that all mats are not created equal. Using the wrong kind of mat at a location can still lead to slip and fall accidents, negating the purpose of having an entrance mat to begin with.  With managers of industrial/commercial facilities under greater amounts of pressure to reduce slip and fall accidents, not to mention minimize floor maintenance costs, knowing which mat to use for which location is critical.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall

    How Much Will a Slip and Fall Injury Cost You?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Facility managers are often charged with making critical decisions regarding liability protection that will affect their facilities’ bottom line. While preventative measures to guard against lawsuits can seem to take a huge bite out of profits, it is nevertheless essential for those in charge of safety and maintenance to understand how even one slip and fall injury due to snowy or icy conditions can result in a significant business loss. It is incumbent upon those tasked with facility maintenance decisions to monitor these risks and take appropriate action to prevent these injuries.

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    Topics: Winter Safety, Insurance, Slip and Fall

    Here's How to Get a Grip on Slips and Falls

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


    It’s no secret that slips and falls can be costly to businesses and institutions. They lead to employees taking sick days and result in worker compensation claims, higher insurance premiums, and lawsuits, all of which can seriously harm your bottom line.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall