Facility Safety for Distributors and Retailers: Exterior Safety

Exterior SafetyKeeping buildings, machinery and premises safe is essential to the success of retail and distribution facilities.

These common scenarios show typical safety hazards found in retail and distribution facilities:

• A painted concrete floor becomes slippery due to the cleaning and wax products used to maintain the surface

• A customer walks from the parking lot and trips and falls on loose asphalt

• Racking is installed without being secured to the wall and floor. Damage to a corner post by a forklift causes the racking to tip and collapse

These and other hazards may exist in your facility. You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with facility safety by implementing these tips:

Exterior Safety

• Consider the impact of rain, ice or snow runoff around buildings and in the parking lots

• Keep customer parking areas separate from employee parking

• Use signage to direct visitors, customers, employees and truck drivers to appropriate entrances and exits

• Secure any exterior yard or premises areas via locked fencing and perimeter lighting. Remove trees, poles and snowbanks that could allow an intruder to pass over the fence. Post secured areas with “Danger – No Trespassing” signs.

• Store valuable or weather-sensitive inventory or stock in a protected and secured location

• Provide appropriate perimeter protection to prevent unauthorized access of facility railroad spurs. When a railcar is spotted, place a dock plate between the building and the car and rail chocks before loading or unloading. Use wheel locks to prevent railcar movement.

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