John Allin and Lisa Rose have spent over 50 years developing and testing snow management strategies in one of the most intense, lake-effect, snow-belt regions in the world: The south shores of North America's Great Lake Erie.
Snow & Ice Management Strategies
Mitigating Mother Nature comes down to focusing on 5 primary areas:
- Snow Response Plan: A comprehensive plan for how and when snow and ice will be mitigated should be in place prior to and during property use. Whether you accept responsibility for removal or contract it out, a host of issues must be carefully considered.
- Legal compliance: Your obligations for removal of snow and ice are governed by a patchwork of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances as well as custom and practice. Compliance should be part of your snow removal plan.
- Products and equipment: If you are responsible for removal, these will be critical decisions. But even if you hire an outside contractor, understanding what equipment and products they are using is essential to the overall effectiveness of the effort as well as the long-term implications for maintenance of hardscape, drainage and associated infrastructure.
- Mitigating liability: With every decision, a focus on reducing exposure to liability when it comes to property damage or personal injury claims is essential. A thorough understanding of effectiveness and consequences of various techniques and liability exposure of all parties involved, including potential third-party liability claims, must be incorporated into any comprehensive ice and snow clearing response plan.
Consulting Allin / Rose Consulting, Inc., at every stage is the best thing you can do to protect your interests. However, whether in the initial phase of building planning or already facing a damage claim related to snow and ice accumulation or removal, more than half a century of knowledge and experience makes us your most valuable resource.
Liability for Snow and Ice Removal
Often, an incident has occurred resulting in property damage or a personal injury claim prior to appropriate snow and ice removal.
At Allin / Rose Consulting, Inc., we have extensive experience in all aspects of litigation. In many cases, our experience working on large projects from airports to shopping plazas and apartment complexes is of critical value. In other cases, third-party liability of a snow removal company, property manager, or other party, may be primarily responsible for a claim being pursued. Here, too, our experience in evaluating such actions is second to none.