As a new business owner, this may be your first winter having to deal with snow removal at your business. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs find that they are ill-prepared when it comes to commercial snow removal, and that leads to making some potentially costly mistakes. Even with winter in full swing, it's never too late to right the ship. Here are some things you should consider when it comes to your commercial snow removal issues.
Don't Leave It To Your Staff
Especially if you haven't adequately planned for dealing with snow, you may find yourself picking someone on staff for the day to go out and clear walkways and driveways with a shovel or a snowblower. This is not only a poor use of your skilled staff's time, it's also a safety hazard for you. If your employee suffers an injury while they are handling snow removal, you're looking at a workers comp case that could be costly in both lost man hours and increased insurance premiums.
You can ensure your company's continued productivity as well as your commercial property and customer's safety by working with a commercial snow removal company instead. They specialize in dealing with snow removal and management as well as ice prevention and elimination. This ensures that the property is clear with minimal risk of injuries to your staff.
Don't Dismiss Its Importance
You might think you don't really need to prioritize your snow removal. After all, it's just snow, and it will melt, right? Unfortunately, if you don't address the snow accumulation, you create a safety hazard for everyone driving and walking on your property. From slipping in the snow to sliding on ice, you can find yourself facing negligence lawsuits after customers suffer an auto accident or a slip and fall on your property. It isn't worth the potential cost of litigation when you can avoid it entirely by working with a snow removal company.
Be Logical About Your Cost Analysis
It's easy to cringe at the idea of the contract fee or per-storm cost associated with a commercial snow removal company. You may think that you can do it cheaper on your own. However, there is a detailed cost analysis you should consider.
Your snow removal service fee includes all of the equipment needed for removal, the ice melt and other materials required for safety, and all other preparations needed. If you try to do it yourself, you have to pay the equipment and supply costs, the fees for equipment repairs and maintenance, and the salary for whomever you have do the work. In addition, factor in the lost productivity time for that employee in their primary role.