June Suggested Safety Topic: Parking Lot Safety for Employers and Employees

Do you know what hazards your employees may encounter when driving, parking and walking through the company parking lot?  Would you like some suggestions as to how an employer can improve the safety of parking areas?

Car accidents are very common in parking lots and especially so in busy lots with a lot of turnover.  Sometimes these occur when drivers are rushing to get into a parking space before another driver does.  Other times distracted drivers are backing out of spaces before they look behind them.   Also, employees on foot are sometimes walking in the traffic lanes because there are no designated pedestrian lanes. So, obviously parking lots can be dangerous places. We have several suggestions for employers and employees to improve the safety of their lot.  If you are driving or walking through the lot, be aware of your surroundings.  For example, be aware of traffic lanes and watch for cars darting out of nowhere.  Be conscious that criminal activity does happen in parking lots. Second, drivers should be careful to obey all traffic signs and lane markings.  They should move with the proper flow of traffic.  Be courteous to other drivers.  Be careful to maintain a safe speed. Look for designated speed signs. Watch out for potholes or concrete cracks and report any problems you may find to management.

As an employer you should ensure that concrete and asphalt surfaces are in good repair. The parking lot should be brightly lit so as to eliminate shadowy areas where robbers could hide.  Also video cameras are a good idea, make sure to put up a sign announcing the camera’s presence.  Also, if needed, put up “no loitering” signs outside the business.  If there is a need for a loading zone, make sure that it is designated by signs.  This will help eliminate confusion for delivery drivers and customers.

Haste is dangerous in a parking lot, for drivers and especially for pedestrians.

Nothing above supersedes local, state or federal laws. Information is believed to be reliable but Chailland makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of the above information and recommendations. Additional safety measures may be required in some circumstances.