Spring thaw can often create conditions that lead to property damage and, more importantly, bodily injury. By law, it is the responsibility of the occupier (whether an owner or a tenant) to ensure that conditions are safe for people using and/or visiting the property. If there is an injury, the occupier must demonstrate that an appropriate standard of care was applied. Given the potential risks and liabilities, it is especially important to understand the hazards of spring thaw and to develop grounds maintenance procedures to minimize or eliminate risks.
By planning ahead and implementing best practices, you can manage risk better, help ensure the safety of your residents, staff, visitors and volunteers, and protect your property.