College Takes Simple Steps to Prepare Their Campus for Winter Weather

The need to keep slip and fall prevention top-of-mind can be easily forgotten. The relatively mild winter weather that much of the country has experienced thus far also can make it easy to be lax in taking preventative steps. But all it takes is one errant step on a slippery surface to result in a claim that can cost thousands of dollars.

Instead, take a cue from one of our education customers and see how they incorporated United Heartland’s WalkSafe campaign ideas and resources into their winter preparations. This Wisconsin college took a number of actions including:

  • Added slip/trip/fall prevention to new employee training.
  • Updated shuttle vans to increase ridership and created an app to help people know where to access rides.
  • Added salters to their tractors.
  • Purchased fresh supplies of salt.
  • Placed salt barrels at identified “hot spots.”
  • Developed a formal snow removal plan.
  • Created a snow committee that meets every two weeks to discuss the previous two-week period and how snow/ice events were handled and to prepare for storms during the next two-week period.
  • Changed a job description for one role so that these individuals can go outside and assist with maintenance.

These are simple, effective ways to use our WalkSafe campaign materials this season. Make sure to explore all of the phases we offer, including the materials related to safe vehicle operation and working off-site, which can help you navigate roadways safely as travel conditions deteriorate. Additionally, our proper footwear information can help you dress for success when taking steps on icy- or snow-covered walkways.

You can find our full arsenal of winter weather-related tools, from safety checklists to tips on smart phone apps and alerts, by visiting our WalkSafe site today. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our Risk Connection e-blasts, which provide important information related to WalkSafe topics and other useful safety tips.

Want to know more? If you’re a United Heartland customer, contact your loss control representative today. If you’re not a customer, find a UH agent near you!