“Lawsuit” isn’t a word that any business owner wants to hear. However, the variables on your site, particularly at night, can increase liability when your landscape isn’t well maintained. A low brush can block views, and a damaged hardscape and curbs can cause trips, falls, or injuries. Also, snow and ice make commercial landscapes even more dangerous during winter. Fortunately, there are basic enhancements that can reduce landscape liabilities. Here are four common (but avoidable) landscape liabilities that will reduce your risk.
Dead Trees and Limbs
Trees provide shade and beauty to all landscapes. However, if you ignore pruning or overall tree health, it results in unanticipated costs. A limb falling from a high height could cause severe injury and damage to pedestrians, property, and parked vehicles. At night, pedestrians might not recognize or avoid a compromised branch. It’s best to stay up to date with tree maintenance, ensuring that branches have the proper pruning—additionally, the removal of dead trees matters.
Furthermore, clear sightlines are vital for safety and reducing liability day or night. It’s best to invest in rejuvenation pruning not only promotes healthy plant growth and clears branches and overgrown brush that obstructs views. An overgrown and low brush can block views pertinent to pedestrian and vehicle safety.
Destroyed Curbs and Walkways
After some time, high-traffic walkways and patio spaces can break in certain places. Pits on hard surfaces and damaged curbs can present a tripping hazard. At night, pedestrians might not be aware of a damaged curb or hardscaped area that contains cracks. So, the safety strategy here would be to take care of your hardscape, curb, and other surface repairs to ensure safe walking grounds for visitors.
Snow and Ice Removal
One of the most dangerous landscape liabilities is snow and ice. Winter weather increases the chances of slips and falls, even in well-maintained landscapes. At night icy patches aren’t as visible, and visitors might not notice them until they fall. Also, employees experiencing an injury on-site could result in a workers’ compensation claim. You don’t want to wait for accidents to happen. Plus, you can contact us to manage the snow removal on your property. You can also contact us to take care of your commercial tree, asphalt, and concrete services.
Reducing landscape liabilities will give your employees, patrons, and passersby peace of mind and save you money. Contact Atlantic Maintenance Group today to ensure your commercial landscape is at its best.
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Atlantic Maintenance Group is a full-service landscaping company providing maintenance, design, and construction, as well as snow removal and asphalt and concrete services. We are your source for complete landscape and facility maintenance for commercial and residential properties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We are a self-performing landscaping company, meaning we don’t hire subcontractors, and senior management is involved with every project. Our highly trained team of professionals receives constant, ongoing education on the latest industry trends, updates, and safety measures. This ensures we can deliver outstanding customer service and results to our clients, regardless of the size of your job.