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Managing a large commercial property is not for the faint of heart. When projects and tenant demands pull you a loose handrail is a pedestrian safety issuein a million different directions, that overgrown shrub at the end of a parking lot aisle or the sunken slab of concrete on the walkway leading up to your lobby entrance might not get your immediate attention. But they should.

Every property has proven to have pedestrian safety issues related to new or old construction deficiencies. From poor material selection and improper soil compaction to invasive plant species and pedestrian shortcuts, HighGrove’s commercial landscaping services team has seen safety issues run the gamut on most commercial properties.

For tenants, visitors and even everyday passers-by, is your commercial property as safe as it can be for them? Property managers, take a second to think about your commercial site and any red flags it presents. Now try and imagine any potential problems right at the surface – and under it – that you might not be able to see or even know to look for. Liability can be an expensive word. What are you liable for?

Commercial Property Safety Issues Concerning Original Construction And Landscape Material

Like most things, commercial property safety issues are generally easier to resolve the sooner they are identified. You just need to know where to look — or call the right commercial landscape service to help you look.

Here are a few places to start:

Poor Soil Compaction

In some cases, there are areas of the property that have not been prepared properly for the final look. Due to the lack of support it provides, poorly compacted soil is one such problem. Poor soil compaction can negatively affect paved surfaces, retaining walls or landscaped beds and cause you or your tenants to be at risk — without ever knowing it.

A professional and complete site assessment can identify most soil density issues and also provide effective solutions for this problem.

Cutting (Construction) Corners

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase: “This must have been a Friday afternoon job.” In all construction projects there are deadlines. And sometimes these time restraints result in a project wrapped up haphazardly, but safety problems arising from this might not be so obvious to the naked eye.

In some site visits, for instance, we’ve seen handrails installed on walls with the wrong stabilizing material. Use of the handrail over time can loosen it, leaving people at risk of losing their balance and falling.

Underground Trash Holes

Yes, this is a real thing!

Although authorities do their best to monitor the progress of construction projects, it is not always brought to their attention when crews bury construction trash underground. Over time, organic material such as wood or paper will decompose and cause the ground to settle.

For example, we have seen underground trash holes near the base of large retaining walls. The unsettling of the ground can compromise the structural integrity of the retaining wall — as a result, the wall itself may begin to lean or sink and become a trip hazard.

Overgrown Plants

Landscape plant material is not very big when planted during construction. As time passes, the plants grow — and maybe overgrow, causing a visibility issue at the entrance to your property and impeding the view of oncoming traffic. This puts you and your tenants at risk for accidents and other mishaps.

Again, plants installed at the original construction look great in most cases once established. However, if they are planted too close to the building, they may cause insects or other pests to enter into tenant space – putting you at risk of property damage.

Pedestrian Traffic Through Landscaped Areas

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That’s why shortcuts are all too common at office address common shortcuts to improve pedestrian safety parks and retail settings with large parking lots. Do you have a parking island that has a slope and is covered in pine straw or loose bark? This is putting you and your tenants at risk of a slip and fall accident.

If you can’t deter pedestrians from cutting through landscaped areas, adapt to their shortcuts by installing a walkway or paver path to prevent any slip and fall possibilities. If done properly it will improve aesthetics on your property and reduce your risk.

Looking For More Pedestrian Safety Tips? Team Up With HighGrove’s Commercial Landscaping Services Team.

We’re inching closer to New Year’s on the calendar – what’s your resolution? If it has to do with increasing the pedestrian safety on your commercial property, HighGrove can help. For 25 years, HighGrove has been addressing safety risks on Atlanta area commercial properties. Consult with one of our Client Relations Managers so we can review your property.

From early design stages to post-development, HighGrove provides a suite of commercial landscaping services to meet property management and development needs, and increase the value of your Atlanta commercial property.

Give HighGrove Partners a call at 678-298-0550 or use our simple contact form to set up a meeting with our irrigation team. In the meantime, for more commercial landscape service and pedestrian safety tips, be sure to subscribe to our blog.



Images: Path sign, Bent railing

Last modified: December 29, 2014