Safety Resource Library

Slips, Trips, and Falls: Snow Piles

Unfortunately, snow can be a problem even after it has been removed from walkways.

  • Water from melting snow can find its way back on to the walkways. During the night the temperature can drop, causing the water to freeze.
  • Your employees may find a fresh layer of very slick ice the next morning.
  • Evaluate the terrain surrounding walkways. Note any high areas where melting snow could flow onto walkways.
  • A map should be made to designate areas for snow piles. This map should be readily available to all maintenance personnel.
  • Monitor the results by observing the runoff from the snow piles. Is the water flowing safely away from walkways?

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