If you own a business, you may be wise to secure a snow removal contract. It’s late in the season, but you may still be able get one, and even if you can’t, you may want to use a service on an as-needed basis.
Owning a business comes with increasing liability. Slips and falls on an icy or wet walk can spell big trouble for your company.
Who Should Do It?
It’s the owners’ responsibility to keep the sidewalks in front of their property clean and clear of snow. We all know that one guy on the street who is always late getting around to shoveling — if he does it at all — creating a nuisance for anyone trying to walk on the sidewalk as well as the other law-abiding businesses.
Maybe you just rent, and your landlord never sends anyone out to shovel or plow, dumping the responsibility on you. If it’s not part of your lease, you shouldn’t have to do it.
It’s true — snow removal is an expense, but a bigger expense comes from what can happen when you just let it pile up.
If your parking lot isn’t plowed by opening time, your customers can’t park and shop in your store. They will likely drive on past to a competitor whose lot is plowed.
Even a couple inches of snow on the walkway in front of your building is going to deter customers or clients. Not everyone wears boots — they figure they’re just going from the car to the building, and they don’t want to bother. When confronted with the prospect of their heels or their wingtips sinking into the snow, ruining their shoes and leaving them with wet feet all day, they’re going to pass you by.
Ice is worse, though snow can be just as slippery. Chopping up a coating of ice on a sidewalk can be backbreaking, and it’s not good to spread de-icing salts on concrete (it speeds deterioration and promotes cracking).
You may lose customers with an icy sidewalk, but you’re worse off if they try to brave it and end up slipping, falling and suffering an injury. At best, you will end up paying for medical expenses, and at worst you’ll face a lawsuit.
It’s true you can use your own employees to do the job, but this doesn’t always work out well. Most staff members don’t consider shoveling and spreading sand during a snowstorm to be part of their job description. They may resist, or even suffer an injury themselves attempting to complete the job.
You may have a maintenance person or handyman on staff whom you use for this work. That’s probably OK for shoveling, but is he going to plow, too?
Don’t risk the costs associated with snow removal that is done late or by a nonprofessional. Call Earthworks Landscaping. We perform all kinds of snow removal, including plowing, shoveling, salting and sanding, and we guarantee it is done by a specified time.
Take a load off your mind this winter, and leave the snow removal to Earthworks.