Safety Hazards: Find, Fix and Document
Regular, documented property inspections can help manufactured housing community managers identify potential hazards and avoid accidents that could be costly, such as slips and falls. While one can never prevent all accidents from taking place, it is important to note the most common hazards—and property managers should adhere to a checklist that addresses the following sources of risk:
Curbs. If a curb is not clearly marked, it is easy for a resident or guest to trip over it or run into it with a bike or car. Curbs are intended to provide a safety barrier, but without proper marking, they can be hazardous. Make sure that all potentially dangerous curbs are clearly painted.
Pavement. Not only is worn pavement unsightly, but loose debris from crumbling pavement can be kicked up by cars and cracks can also obstruct safe foot or bicycle passage. Make sure that all potholes and other wear-and-tear are properly documented and repaired to minimize the risk of injury or damage claims.
Faded paint. When street paint has faded, it is difficult for motorists to discern traffic lanes for turning, identify passing zones, park properly or avoid head-on collisions. Make sure that all road paint is clearly visible, and consider reflective lines and markers for areas of particular concern.
Remediation for these hazards is relatively quick and simple. But it is equally important to document all inspections and repairs. Proper documentation includes the date of the inspection, the nature of the required repair and the time the repair was made, and it keeps your insurance company in a strong position to respond to any allegations that you were negligent.