Slips and Falls Can’t Be Ignored


Although it’s fun to watch dogs slip and fall on the internet, it’s not fun to watch your employees or guests take a tumble in your parking lot. According to the insurance industry, 25 percent of ice and snow-related falls occur in parking lots. If someone gets hurt in your parking lot from a slip and fall, your company could be held financially liable for the injury.

What’s more, twenty percent of parking lot slip-and-fall accidents require time off from work. When someone slips and falls, they typically take a few days off to recover from their injury. Here’s a look at the average recovery time for Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin workers.

MN – 6 days

IA – 10 days

WI – 13 days

Lost work time due to slip and falls could cost your company an average of $40,000 to $45,000. The lost time and money it may cost your business can’t be ignored.

Taking a few simple precautions before the winter season can help you avoid many of the costly and avoidable accidents. You cannot avoid snow emergencies in the Midwest, but you can prevent slip-and-fall accidents with a snow management plan. Interstate Companies can create a specifically designed plan for your property to keep it clear of snow, deiced and safe for your guests and employees all winter long.

Give us a call, we’re here to help.

Interstate Companies Vehicle Plowing Snow from Sidewalk

What’s your game plan for snow removal management?

It’s time to start thinking about SNOW! Since football season is in full swing, let’s create your snow maintenance game plan before the first storm hits. Some may say it’s a little early, but Interstate Companies wants to make sure you are prepared for the first snow fall – who knows when that could be. We can help with everything from deicing, plowing, snow relocating and melting, we’ve got you covered.

Are you done yet?

Most facility managers would be freaking out when there is a huge snow storm coming, but not you. You’re chillin’ on your couch in your PJ’s checking to see if your lots are done and safe for work yet. At Interstate Companies, our Tempus System, a state-of-the-art tracking and communication software, allows you to use our GPS tracking system, smartphone apps and voice web services to real-time information about your facility parking lot making sure your employees are safe and happy. This real-time management.

Direct Communication

When that huge snow storm hits with little warning, we will make sure your snow problems are out of your way. With our Tempus system, it allows you to text, email or enter a service request through the software. This software allows us to deploy our crews in a timely manner and it’s cost effective. So no matter if you like doing it the old fashioned way or not, you can rest assured that Interstate companies will never leave you out in the cold.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to set up your FREE comprehensive site evaluation snow removal services before it’s too late.


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Snow and Ice Doesn’t Have to Equal Slip and Fall

According to the CDC, cold weather months and the accompanying snow and ice can make Winter more dangerous than Summer months.

Did you know?
  • One million Americans are injured due to slip and fall injuries every year. The risk of slip and fall injuries increases dramatically during winter months.
  • Slips and falls are not the main cause of fatal workplace injuries but they represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
  • In 2014, there were 42,480 workplace injuries or illnesses from ice, sleet, or snow that required at least one day off of work as a result.

  • Of course, we can’t live in a bubble all Winter. We can, however, reduce the number of snow and ice-related slip and falls by keeping parking lots, parking surfaces, and sidewalks free of ice and snow.

    Do you need a snow and ice removal plan for your commercial property?

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Minneapolis / St. Paul Gets Biggest Snowstorm Since 2011

Our crews have been busy plowing snow and clearing parking lots since Monday’s storm dropped more snow at one time since 2011.

Snow totals varied sharply depending on your location with Owatonna getting the most snow at 17″ and Rogers seeing less than 3″.

  • Minneapolis: 9.5”
  • St. Paul: 9.8”
  • MSP Airport: 12.4”
  • Prior Lake: 16.5”
  • Chanhassen: 11.0″
  • White Bear Lake: 10.0″
  • Edina: 8.0″
  • Maple Grove: 5.8″
  • Rogers: 2.5″
  • Owatonna: 17.0″
  • Cannon Falls: 13.5″
  • Burnsville: 13.3″
  • Stillwater: 11.0″

If your parking lot or surfaces are still a mess, consider the following tips to get it back on track.
  1. Hire a reliable snow removal service. Hiring a substandard service won’t cut it in Minnesota. We’ve seen snow removal companies that leave the parking lot and walkways looking like a skating rink.
  2. Monitor the slip factor by checking walkways yourself. Keep a deicer on hand if the weather should change suddenly and ice forms in an instant.
  3. Put up signs. If you know that a certain section of your walkway or parking lot is prone to ice formation, put up a sign that warns patrons or employees of the possible slip factor.

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Snow Plowing, Snow Removal, Snow Melting – What’s Best?

Plowing the snow in a large parking lot creates very large piles of snow. We’ve all seen those big piles taking up valuable spaces in the parking lots. So, what’s a business owner to do?

Snow removal services are a better approach because crews can come in after hours, when your customers are gone, and take the snow away. Removing the snow not only keeps your parking lot from turning into a mountain of snow, come Springitme, you won’t have a huge pile of snow

Plowing a big parking lot can create very large piles of snow melting into your parking lot and creating large puddles.

While snow removal is a great option, there’s another, cheaper way you can go: snow melting.

Instead of paying to have the snow carted away, you can simply have it melted. How? Meet the machine we call the Snow Dragon. It melts up to 14 dump truck loads of snow per hour. The water is then filtered to remove sediment, rocks, and dirt, and then put into the sewer system. Check out the snow dragon in action:

The Interstate Difference

How would working with Interstate help you out this winter? Here are just a couple highlights:
  • We dedicate specific snow removal equipment and snow plow crews to your property and have back-ups on hand, so you can keep your peace of mind!
  • Log in to our online technology to see the service status of your property at any time.
  • We create custom, comprehensive snow management plans for each unique property.
  • We have a 24/7 emergency service. Almost anything that goes wrong with your property in the middle of the night or any time, we can respond to. The deicer we use is minimally harmful to the environment.
  • We offer snow melting in addition to snow plowing and snow relocation.

Is Your Commercial Property Ready for Eek Don’t Say it…the “S” Word?

It’s officially Autumn and the weather is cooler in Minnesota. What does that mean for us?

We love Winter!

It’s time to ramp up and prepare for the upcoming snow removal season. For most Minnesotans even hinting at the “S” word is met with dread, but for Interstate, it’s just another time to shine.
According to the Weather Channel, on average, Minnesotans notice the first flakes on November 2nd and the earliest snowfall was recorded on September 24th.

We’re busy so you don’t have to worry

That’s why we’re busy servicing all our equipment and making sure everything is in working order and ready to go when you need snow cleared and ice melted. If you’ve worked with us in winter before, you know we dedicate certain machinery to your property in order to always have it available when you need it, and we own all our own equipment, making it easy to fix promptly and have back-ups readily available. Read More