Loss of productivity, overtime for existing employees, and increased workers’ compensation costs are just a few of the negative impacts from slips and falls. This doesn’t even include the detrimental effects on the injured employees’ lives. To avoid these costs, facility and property managers must do everything they can to eliminate hazards and generate winter safety awareness among building occupants. Follow these steps to prepare for winter weather both inside and outside.
- Discuss expectations with your maintenance staff or snow removal vendor. Make it clear you expect snow and ice accumulation to be removed quickly and have surface treatments applied to melt icy spots. Discuss which entrances should be cleared first, how often snow removal should occur, and who is responsible for each task. Develop an accountability plan with your vendor to deal with staffing problems and poor workmanship. Request that your vendor supply you with a copy of the checklist given to staff which outlines the most important aspects of the services provided.
- Spot check for hazards. Identify potholes and cracks that may cause issues in inclement weather and arrange for repairs. Check that drain pipes, grate covers and catch basins are not clogged with debris which can cause water from melting snow and ice to back up onto sidewalks and refreeze. Make sure lighting systems in all exterior areas are working properly so patches of snow and ice can be seen. Check entrance steps and handrails for damage and repair if necessary. Eliminate unauthorized walkways using hazard tape or barriers to keep people from taking shortcuts across areas that are not shoveled.
- Make plans to prevent indoor slips. Review reports of previous slip-and-fall incidents and find solutions to eliminate those problem areas. To keep occupants and visitors safe indoors, use a floor fan to help keep walkways dry. Strategically place “wet floor” signs to slow people down as they enter the building. Use beveled floor mats to catch excess water. Keep extra mats on hand in case they become saturated with water and need to be changed. Clean up spills or puddles immediately and create a procedure for taking the appropriate action when someone comes across a spill.
- Give occupants winter tips. People play a key role in preventing slips and falls by being aware of their surroundings and making good decisions. Remind them to focus on their footing, watch where they walk and concentrate on getting from point A to point B safely. Tell them to use short, slow steps, and not to rush. Prohibit cell phone use until they arrive safely at their destination. Encourage appropriate footwear — no high heels or smooth-soled shoes and to report unsafe conditions to a supervisor or maintenance person.
With these tips, you can mitigate the safety risks that come along with snow, ice and cold temperatures. For more winter safety tips, contact KC Restoration. KC Restoration is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers trust with all their stone, metal and wood projects.
Maintaining the exterior of a building can pay off in more way than one. With regular maintenance, thorough cleaning and strategic repairs, you can add years to the life of your building, keep tenants happy and prevent more costly damage. Attract current and potential tenants with a hot pressure washing program.
Whether it’s your building’s walls, the sidewalk out front or the parking area, you’re competing with a number of environmental factors to present a clean, professional building. Oil, mold, pollution, dirt, gum, spray paint and efflorescence can all make your building look dirty or old.
Hot pressure washers work by using water heated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and a pump which forces the water through a constrictor nozzle. Hot water pressure washers have the ability to produce steam which is ideal to get surfaces spotless to the point where they’re germ free. How? The hotter the temperature, the lower the surface tension of water. Hot water contains fast moving, or excited, particles. This means the molecules spread apart, making it easier to expand and then loosen a stain, cut through grease and effectively kill bacteria and microorganisms.
Hot pressure washing is gentler than physically scrubbing the building surface, so materials like wood, brick, and paint experience less wear when they are cleaned. For this reason, you’ll be able to go longer without having to repair or resurface the building exterior.
Hot pressure washing on a regular basis is will keep your exteriors clean, healthy and maintain a professional image. By removing mold, algae and dirt, hot power washing also allows your building to last as long as possible. Hot power washing prevents the elements that lead to rot, deterioration and other damage that would require expensive repairs.
National Write a Business Plan Month is an annual designation observed in December. Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but aren’t sure about what steps to take? KC Restoration is here to help! Every business needs a business plan, and it’s a great step in the right direction when it comes to creating your own company. Whether you want it to be your livelihood or just a side gig, putting together a well-researched and detailed business plan will make your life a whole lot easier in the weeks to come.
Bill and LeAnn Luemmen decided to start their own restoration services company in 2011 but it was not easy. Leaving their civil servant careers in Los Angeles in 2010, they came to Kansas City seeking a better life and education for their daughter. They started working out of their basement and grew from a staff of 2 to 18 over the years and have been selected as one of the 10 Best Small Businesses in Kansas City by the KC Chamber, 25 Under 25 by Thinking Bigger Media and Best Existing Business by the SBDC Johnson County. They now operate out of a sizable office in Olathe with the help of personnel in Operations, Sale, Marketing, Accounting and Human Resources.
Their success however was not only the result of hard work, but from the help of a mentorship program called SCORE. The Kansas City SCORE chapter has many volunteers with a wide variety of business backgrounds. Their Mission is to provide resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses. They provide a variety of resources including business advice from expert advisors, education on a variety of business topics including marketing, finance and accounting, management, and others, and the latest in small business strategies and trends. If you would like some helpful tips or additional information about SCORE, starting your own business, or writing a business plan, contact KC Restoration today!