Businesses Urged To Act Over Car Park Safety
Released on: March 18, 2011, 1:52 pm
Firms across the UK have been urged to make sure their car
parks and outside areas are not posing a danger to staff, customers or
members of the public.
Safetyshop, one of the country’s leading safety products manufacturers, recommends
that businesses carry out a full risk assessment to help ensure they are doing
everything possible to minimise risk when it comes to outdoor premises.
The winter weather has resulted in surfaces on many public roads becoming uneven,
with potholes appearing up and down the UK. The government announced in February
that it will allocate an extra £100m to councils in England to help pay for road
repairs - a reminder of just how seriously the authorities view the issue of poorly
maintained road surfaces.
Unfortunately, businesses have also suffered at the hands of the winter weather and
it is just as important that holes and uneven surfaces in private car parks and
outdoor workplace areas are attended to. This can help improve car park security as
well as safety. Companies have an obligation under The Workplace (Health, Safety and
Welfare) Regulations 1992 to provide a safe environment and this includes
maintaining the condition of traffic routes and floors and objects such as speed control ramps.
Point 12.2(a) of the act says: "The floor, or surface of the traffic route, shall
have no hole or slope, or be uneven or slippery so as, in each case, to expose any
person to a risk to his health or safety".
Ed Barnes, Product Manager at Safetyshop, said: "Every company is responsible for
minimising the opportunities for falls, slips and trips in the workplace, and
Safetyshop has the right products available to help firms mitigate these risks.
"If there are issues that need to be addressed, such as dangerous potholes, then it
is important that firms erect suitable car park signs to warn people until the problem has been dealt with."
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Safetyshop became a trading division of Stockport-based Brady Corporation Ltd
following an acquisition in 2005. The company was established in 1970 and through
various acquisitions of its own, Safetyshop has gone on to become the leading safety
products manufacturer in the UK, producing a range of 18,000 products from work wear
to salt spreaders at its 34,000 square foot UK facility in Cheshire.
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