- Consider hiring a contractor for unusually dangerous installations such as locations which require work over large atriums, roof tops and leading edges subject to falls greater than 6 feet from the walking surface. Be sure to obtain certificates of insurance, including a hold-harmless agreement, from a sub-contractor to verify insurance coverage for workers compensation and general liability.
- Refrain from using inappropriate substitutes for ladders, such as an unstable chair or box to reach overhead areas.
- Electrical fixtures must be UL listed, be in good condition and not subject to damage and or overheating.
- Use caution when selecting the area to display decorative lights. Consider displaying decorations in low traffic areas and avoid creating a trip/fall hazard with light strings and/or extension cords.
- Be sure to consult with local authorities regarding laws which prohibit the use of live trees in-doors within public places of assembly. In some jurisdictions the use of live trees for display or electrical lights is not permitted.
Questions? Contact the Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self-Insurance Fund @ 410-584-8412.