Legal Protection from Ice and Snow
The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations of 1992 and the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 state that: “Landowners, landlords and employers all have legal responsibilities to prevent danger from snow and ice”. In order to comply with these legal requirements, it is essential that you take all reasonable precautions, such as contracting professional gritting and snow clearance services, to protect both employees and visitors to your site during the colder months.
Snow and ice clearly causes a slipping hazard and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) demand that this is minimised, using an application that places no person at any risk. If one clearance method is available that is safer than another, then this method takes precedence and must be used.
This means that gritting surfaces yourself, or instructing other persons such as employees to do so, does not comply with the legal requirement. If someone were to be injured, courts would support the injured person as they would find that a more professional, reliable and safer method of protection - that is, contracting professional gritting services - was available to the business.
As well as the risk of accidents and subsequent litigation under business liability laws, companies with ungritted premises also risk closure, which affects everything from revenue to reputation. Professional gritting services like those offered by us give you the peace of mind that you have done everything in your power to avoid the potential accidents and injuries that can be caused by snow and ice on your site.
Gritting cannot eliminate risk entirely and you should make sure that your premises are safeguarded in additional ways such as with good lighting and clear signage where slipping is a potential hazard. Combining this with high-quality gritting services from us ensures your business can stay open as usual, continuing to meet your customers’ needs in a safe, efficient manner, whatever the weather.