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Slip and Fall Refresher – Most Requested Slip and Fall Report Add-ons and Options from CompuWeather

Contributed by Patti Robertson, CompuWeather Forensic Order Specialist and Account Executive

See basic information about CompuWeather’s Slip and Fall reports here

Our customers often ask us to add more detail to their slip and fall reports in order to address specific questions they have or weather conditions they are trying to determine.  We have several options available; here are a few:

  • Hourly temperatures – Did the temperature ever reach the freezing point prior to the time of the accident?  Were the temperatures below freezing long enough for ice to form?   Did the existing snow pack melt during the day and then re-freeze overnight?
  • Hourly snowfall totals –  How hard was it snowing on the date of the accident? How much snow had fallen by the time the accident occurred?  Hourly snowfall is a calculation done by a meteorologist, and is not reported in weather data.  Airports report hourly precipitation, but in liquid amounts.  If you need hourly snowfall amounts, you need us!
  • Hourly rainfall totals – For those accidents that happen in the non-winter months, or in the warmer climates all year round. The same question that customers have about snowfall rates and accumulations also apply to rainfall. Our meteorologists use Doppler radar to pinpoint rainfall rates at specific locations.
  • Visibility –  We can address lighting issues such as time of sunrise, sunset and civil twilight for cases where you may need to determine if there was sufficient light to see a hazardous condition.
  • National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts and advisories – How far in advance was the storm predicted? Was there ample time to prepare for blizzard conditions?
  • Seasonal summary –  In addition to our detailed narrative report for a few days leading up to the date of loss, some of our clients like to have an idea of what the whole winter season has been like up to that point.  In those cases, we provide a table of daily snowfall totals, snow and ice cover, and high and low temperatures for the season within the body of the report.

These are some examples of our most frequently requested options.  We are always happy to customize your report to meet your specific needs.