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Loss Control Insights for Petroleum Marketers

On the Hunt for Outdoor Slip and Trip Hazards

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Slips and falls are a leading cause of serious injuries, both to employees and the general public. Take advantage of the mild spring weather by going outside to inspect your parking areas and walkways for slip and trip hazards. Here are a few common ones to look out for.

Changes in Elevation
Look for areas where sidewalk sections are raised half an inch or more. Provide a smoother transition and help prevent trips by grinding, mudjacking or replacing raised or broken concrete sections.

Potholes in concrete and asphalt not only create tripping hazards but can also collect water, which could freeze and lead to slips next winter. Fill potholes with gravel as a temporary fix (paver base works well), but have a permanent repair done as soon as possible.

Unpainted Curbs and Ramps
Unpainted curbs and ramps along high-traffic sidewalks may be hard to see. Make them more visible by painting them bright yellow. Because painted concrete can be slippery when wet, we also recommend using a slip-resistant additive with your paint to increase traction.

Narrow Walking Paths
Parked vehicles and other objects that infringe upon walkways can force pedestrians to take an alternate, and possibly less safe, path to walk around them. Keep the sidewalk open by relocating fixed objects and installing brightly marked tire stops wherever parked vehicles can reduce the walking path to less than 3-ft wide.

Oil Spots
Engine oil and coolant residue left on parking surfaces can be slippery in any type of weather. Clean it up easily with a pressure washer. Do this before or after normal business hours to avoid inconveniencing customers and employees.

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