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4 Parking Lot Safety Tips

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, business owners have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace. While this seems straightforward, what many business owners may not realize is that maintaining a safe work environment can extend beyond their front door, and into their parking lot or garage.

Although state laws vary, employers are generally liable for employees who are injured in any area that the employer owns, maintains or operates. That means employers may be responsible for safety in parking lots and parking garages adjacent to their buildings, as well as the sidewalks outside.

According to a report issued by the National Safety Council, more than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and garages each year, causing 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries. Like any workplace accident, they can lead to unforeseen direct and indirect costs to the business owner, including lost productivity, lower employee morale, costs associated with hiring and training a replacement worker, and workers’ compensation insurance claim costs.

To offset potential parking lot hazards, here are four parking lot safety tips small business owners can follow to keep their employees safer at work.

Creating a safer workplace – both indoors and out – requires an ongoing effort and commitment from business owners and managers to proactively address any potential hazards. For more information on creating a safer workplace, contact your workers’ compensation carrier.