98% of contractors and 75% of municipalities in the midwest ran out of salt...
Applying liquid de-icer to sidewalks and traffic areas prior to a winter storm, prevents the bonding of snow and ice to the concrete. Light snows will melt on contact and heavy snows will be much easier to remove
Cities and counties have reported for every pound of liquid de-icer used before the storm, can save four pounds of product used after the storm. Without the chance to bond to concrete surfaces, snowfalls are much easier to remove.
Liquid will track less than dry material, helping to avoid costly cleanups of entryways through the winter months.
Slips, trips, and falls on the same level exact a substantial toll in terms of death, personal injury and suffering, workers' compensation, loss in productivity, and civil liability. In fact, the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index indicates that falls on the same level were the second leading cause of all workplace injuries in 2013, accounting for 13.6 percent of direct costs associated with such injuries, or more than US$6.6 billion.
Additionally, And Liberty Mutual cautions that the problem keeps growing with the costs the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that workers' compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip-and-fall accidents are approximately $70 billion per year. associated with injuries that result from falls on the same level growing 25.6 percent between 2005 and 2013, a time when most other causes of workplace injuries experienced a substantial reduction in their rate of growth.
On average, workers who are injured as a result of a slip and fall accident spend more days away from work (median: 8 days) than those who are injured as a result of other causes (median: 6 days). Most troubling, nearly 30 percent of same-level falls result in more than 21 workdays lost. And the problem certainly goes beyond a loss of productivity. The National Safety Council reports that slips and falls are the leading cause of death in the workplace and the cause of more than 20 percent of all disabling injuries.
That TOO much salt can cause slip and fall accidents?
Most happen indoors and not outside
Currently, many experts concur with our assessment of approximately $40,000 to be the average slip and fall claim, but the case for any plaintiff will be up or down based on the actual costs, facts, and other details of surrounding the case. Naturally, a medical surgeon who had to miss work for 8 weeks would have lost much more in wages than a 65 year old semi-retired grandfather who works part time at a grocery store.
Your insurance company covers this, so you might be thinking "so what? That's why I have insurance." Do you really think your rates will stay the same next year after that insurance company pays on this claim? And the year after that...and the year after that? Could you handle paying double or triple your current premium after that low-cost insurer drops you? Simple answer...that cost for de-icing your property is pennies on the dollar compared to having one slip/fall incident that you will pay on for years.
This area covers cause and prevention of slip, trip and fall injuries. Housekeeping Slips, trips and falls standards are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, under the heading "Subpart D" or 29 CFR 1910.22.30., ladder safety, floor openings and stairways are included in Subpart D.
The wide spectrum of Subpart D covers terrain indoors and out. Universal to all companies, employees are exposed to slip, trip and fall hazards daily. Dock workers unload trucks on wet surfaces. Icy stairways are frequented by employees in winter. Compliance to this and most laws requires an employer to be aware of all potential hazards, even seasonal or geographic.
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