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Be on Your Guard for Slips and Falls all Winter Long

Gary Sorenson, Insurance Brokers of Minnesota

People in Minnesota don’t have the luxury of staying inside when the temperature drops below zero or there’s a foot of fresh-fallen snow on the ground. It’s easy to get develop a routine – bundle up in your parka, boots, hat, gloves and scarf before heading out the door. This routine may protect you from the wind chill, but don’t get too comfortable. With the increased risk of slips and falls in the winter, you need to stay on your guard every time you step outside.

Snow and ice in parking lots, on driveways and sidewalks can cause severe injuries at any time throughout the long winter season, which lasts from October through April.

Each year, hundreds of employees insured by workers compensation are reported as slipping and falling because of snow and ice – it’s one of the most common causes of injuries.

Keep outdoor safety in mind

When the first severe weather arrives in October or November, people may exercise more caution when walking and driving. These same precautions need to be taken throughout winter.

A new risk emerges as winter winds down. More slip-and-fall injuries are reported in March and April than November. That’s when warmer days and colder nights cause the snow to melt and then refreeze. This can create dangerous icy patches on sidewalks and in parking lots. The ice can catch some people by surprise because the temperature is rising.

Share the winter safety message

To keep your workers from getting too comfortable and letting their guard down, it’s important to continue to remind them of this safety message! That’s why at Insurance Brokers of MN we have so many different winter safety resources with unique messages to motivate employees to take it slow in the snow.

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