New Jersey is known for its highways. It's part of one of America's most populated mega-regions. And where there are people, highways and traffic, there's a need for gas stations. Each of these Garden State businesses delivers critical services to motorists. Still, in every gas station, there exist injury risks for patrons. Particularly in parking lots, the risks of slips and falls remain high. If these incidents occur, the business might face a responsibility to compensate the injured party. How can you take steps to keep customers safe in your parking lot?
Customer safety remains paramount for your business' overall security. Therefore, you should do what you can to make your gas station's more secure.
Safety Steps For Your Parking Lot
New Jersey is one of the only remaining U.S. states where drivers cannot pump their own gas. A professional must do it for them. While they won't pump their fuel, drivers still have plenty of opportunities to explore your property.
When customers come onto your gas station's property, you have a responsibility to take care of them. If one of those customers injures themselves on the property, they might blame the business. They might decide to sue, or request a financial settlement from the gas station.
Owning a gas station also means you likely own the parking lot. If someone gets hurt in your parking lot, they might hold you responsible. Unlike with businesses that only have liability inside the property they lease, your responsibility extends outside your four walls. Therefore, you must do what you can to keep your parking lot safe.
- Keep an eye on the parking lots for signs of spills. Any spills of gasoline or any other fluid should merit an immediate cleanup. Every gas station owner should follow proper protocol to do so. Shut down the station pumps, as necessary, to control leaks.
- Cordon off or mark hazardous areas clearly. This should include marking curbs, steps or broken portions of pavement. Make sure to also mark areas that tend to get slippery during times of adverse weather.
- Post signs about the proper use of all materials on the property. Make sure drivers know they're not supposed to pump their pumping gas in New Jersey.
- Keep an eye on the parking lot continually. If you notice hazards developing, take immediate steps to remedy the situation.
Your general liability insurance policy can help you pay for losses customers sustain, as long they were accidental. As a result, you should do everything you can to prevent slips and falls in your parking lots. This makes your accident claims that much stronger. Your Exceed Insurance agent can help you get the appropriate liability limits for your gas station's needs.