The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac comes with a winter warning: “Prepare for a “Season of Shivers.” This winter will be punctuated by positively bone-chilling, below-average temperatures across most of the United States.”

Winter is nothing new to most businesses in the Northern Hemispheres, operating teams have a plan, and procedures are well documented. But, before we jump ahead with the same plan and procedures as last year, let’s stop and take a minute. Let’s look at how winter impacts us financially, our resources, and how today’s procedures are exposing operations to increased risk.

Let’s consider this for a moment…

✅. How much net new work is created with winter?

✅. What are the financial implications if winter work doesn’t get completed on time?

✅. Are you confident that your property is prepared, and protected?

“Winter, It’s Not a Season, It’s an Occupation”– Sinclair Lewis

As someone born and raised in Canada’s Capital, living with an average of 115 snow days a year, I break winter into two job piles. One, what must be done to protect our property from the harsh realities of the weather. Two, the impact it has on our day-to-day operating lives. Winter adds to the long list of responsibilities already in place to maintain and protect the people and property, optimizing resources is key.

Winter preventative maintenance is non-negotiable, all responsibilities must be completed to protect the operation from potential damages, due to the winter ahead. If anything gets missed, it could have significant, unexpected financial implications such as damages to the building or equipment and denied insurance claims. These jobs, if not completed, could be worth thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars!

On the other hand, teams must contend with what mother nature tosses our way day-to-day. What determines the workload is how much snow is delivered and how many times it falls. Each time it snows operations will need someone out shoveling and salting all the entrance ways, and paths, plowing all the parking lots and driveways. Inside all the sludge and puddles will need to be cleaned to prevent slips and falls. Snow maintenance is time-consuming and non-negotiable, if a job is missed and someone falls the financial impact is significant, especially when litigation ensues!

Show me the numbers!!

Slip and falls represents very real costs that must be considered and planned for, including:

  • Legal Settlement = $60K+
  • Willful OSHA violation = $132K
  • + Workers Compensation Premiums
  • + Loss Productivity
  • + Management Administrative Resources
  • + 3rd Party Consultants: Legal Counsel, Medical Advisor
  • + Medical Costs
  • + etc.

This is a direct hit to the bottom line and must be considered when preparing for winter. When one little mistake, can have dire consequences, attention to detail, counts!

Yet, this is how we manage the risk…

When you add it all up, winter is expensive, time-intensive, and risky business. Yet we still manage it with to-do lists, and logbooks. We can’t confirm if operational resources are being used efficiently because we have no visibility on who did what when.  Management has no idea if the job got done or not until someone gets hurt.  Defending a claim represents significant administrative resources, taking away from other value add activities.  Data is hard if not impossible to track down, often lost in filing cabinets or someone’s inbox! There is no accountability leaving management and the regulators dependent on the honor system. We must ask ourselves, how do we manage, what we can’t measure??

Why, oh why, do we still do it this way?

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