If you are a business owner, your primary goal is keeping your customers happy by providing an in-demand product or service at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, though, a premises liability lawsuit may quickly occupy a significant amount of your mental energy.
You can take some simple steps to avoid a premises liability lawsuit. An important one, regularly inspecting your property for hazards, may provide the most benefit. Here are some tips for developing your inspection strategy.
Pay attention to changing weather patterns
You would probably never fail to repair a damaged walkway or parking lot. Still, even if you keep your commercial property in tip-top shape, a change in the weather may make it dangerous. If snow, ice or rain accumulate around your business, your customers may slip, trip or fall.
If the forecast indicates inclement weather or a natural disaster is on its way, you should plan to inspect your property before anyone arrives. You may also want to schedule snow or ice removal before the storm rolls into town.
Seek professional help
You can probably easily identify some potential hazards at your business. Unless you are a professional inspector, however, you may not notice roofing, plumbing, electrical or other technical problems.
Therefore, to keep your customers and others safe, you should consider asking a professional to inspect the premises every year or two.
Get your employees on board
Because you have a lot on your plate, you may not have enough time to uncover all hazards at your business. Consequently, you may want to make notifying you of dangerous conditions part of the job descriptions of your employees.
Ultimately, when you encourage your staff to commit to a culture of safety, you decrease your chances of becoming a defendant in a costly lawsuit.