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Nature's litter and how to deal with it

Who'd have thought that leaves on the line was a plausible excuse!

Author: Dee Jones/01 October 2018/Categories: HEALTH & SAFETY, Creating safe working conditions, WORKPLACE ADVICE, A safe, clean environment

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Stunning colours! But if you have company premises, then falling leaves can be a big problem to handle. There's no escaping them, even at home the decaying foliage becomes an unwanted headache to have to deal with.

Fallen leaves continue to create a hazard and a mess from late September through to mid December depending on the weather and your geographic location in the country. Here's some helpful advice to assist you in dealing with this hazard.

Leaves on the line?
The train companies can grind to a halt due to leaves on the line. Forecourts, yards and loading areas can easily become a haven for piles of dead leaves. It may be prudent for you to keep pedestrian areas clear of leaves to avoid any slips, trips or falls that can lead to a compensation claim. Assess the risks  

Effective leaf clearance

fallen leaves

So how do we traditionally deal with leaf clearance? Well probably most will take employees away from their normal productive tasks to deal with the situation in hand.

One solution is arm yourself with brooms, shovels and refuse bags? A very tedious manual task can ensure the necessary clearance, however as we know well, the leaves tend to keep coming back for weeks if not months on end! Then there is the problem of how you actually dispose of the leaves once they are collected.

Here are some suggestions that may help you save some hard earned cash in that direction.

Business premises

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Dealing with the fallen leaves can also be better handled by the use of some clearance equipment. This saves the unenviable task of back breaking sweeping by staff that are better used in other parts of your operation.






PVC curtains

Some businesses also find that leaves manage to enter their premises. Bad fitting warehouse doors and open entrance/exits are an easy way for the wind to blow fallen leaves into your workplace. The employment of PVC strip curtains is a common way of dealing with this problem. There is a variety of size and style options to choose from. They also act as a good way of keeping your building temperature better controlled and will also help to keep dust and pollution levels lower.

So be prepared … autumn colours are fabulous to look at but you can save yourself time, effort and money by risk assessing the hazards and making sure that you have the correct equipment to deal with this time of year.


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