STAY SAFE WITH CAUTIONARY SIGNAGE
Every year millions of people are affected by hazardous weather conditions throughout the colder parts of the year. Heavy snowfall and icy roads are extremely dangerous for drivers, not to mention icy sidewalks can be equally problematic for those walking. There are over 54,000 non-fatal injuries to construction workers each year; 25% of which are caused by slips, trips or falls on the same level and 12% are from being struck by a moving(flying/falling) object (HSE.gov). In particular, snow and ice can multiply the risks of working on a construction site. Ladders, scaffolding and entries/exits to sites can become extremely dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken.
Given the seasonal conditions, many businesses choose to play things safe and install a number of signs alerting not just their customers, but their employees as well to any potential hazards they may encounter when walking or driving around the premises. Increasing awareness amongst workers and customers of all immediate risks is a vital part of reducing the number of accidents and minimizing the dangers on your site. If people are aware of those dangers, they are more likely to take the proper precautions.
Ultimately, this has proven to be a very smart move. While a business may not be liable for the weather, a business can be found liable if an injury occurs on their property when the business did nothing to prevent or notify anyone as to the potential risks (wet floor sign anyone?). With that being said, is your business ready to take on the winter weather?
Proper cautionary signage can save your business in the long run and prove beneficial for everyone from your guests to your employees. No one wants a potential lawsuit on their hands- especially not a small startup business!
To look into updating your winter weather signage, be sure to check your local and state regulations before you make any decisions. Often times, states and local counties will outline specific instructions for businesses wishing to incorporate custom signage to their exterior in the winter time, or even year round. Our team of signage experts are always here to answer any questions you have and to find the perfect solution for your space!
Here at Divine Signs and Graphics, we do our very best to provide our customers with only the highest quality signage. Over the years, our processes may have evolved and changed, but one of our core values of providing our customers with the very best customer service we can manage has not. Don’t hesitate to reach out, our team is always happy to help!