Clearing snow won’t get you sued

Workers have been urged not to shy away from clearing pavements and public spaces of snow.

Individuals have no reason to fear legal action after tackling pathways as long as they followed a new snow code, the government advised. The document, published by Directgov, said:

“Don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have responsibility to be careful themselves.”

Paths should be cleared early in the day, according to the snow code. Removing the top layer of snow will help any sunshine melt ice beneath, the code advised.

Salt and sand should be used to melt snow and ice, the government said. Water should not be used as it can refreeze as dangerous black ice, the code advises.

The guidance comes as the UK starts a cold weather spell that could bring the most significant early snow fall since 1993.

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