The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires business and facility owners to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Often facility owners don’t understand the complexity of this law--it extends beyond the building and includes safety in your parking garage or lot. It’s basic premises law, employers are responsible for any area that they own.
It is important to understand ways in which employers can keep their parking facilities safe because if not properly maintained it can lead to accidents. Workplace accidents cost business owners, lower employee morale, decrease productivity and workers’ compensation claims.
By following these safety tips, not only can employers keep their employees safe, but avoid the unnecessary negative impacts that it can have on a business.
1. Install clear and proper signage. In order to keep traffic flowing smoothly, signage and directional signs should be easy to understand to guide vehicles in the correct direction. In a parking lot, drivers may be backing up or driving the wrong direction and not focused on pedestrians. Lots and/or garages should also use visible striping and paint so that people can identify, parking spaces, handicapped spaces and crosswalks.
2. Maintain cement and pavement. Make sure that all walkways and roadways are maintained so that they are know potholes and walkways do not have areas where someone could slip, trip or fall. When inclement weather occurs, it is important because wintry weather or rain can create slick, icy or wet patches that can lead to injury.
3. Provide ample lighting. By making sure the lighting in the parking facility is adequate, it will help decrease the possibility of accidents, property damage, theft or violence. Performing quarterly maintenance checks is important to replace burned-out or non-functioning lights. Also, make sure that trees and shrubbery do not block light fixtures.
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