Slips Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls are a major cause of injuries for Nova Scotia workers.
Slips, trips and falls were the second highest injury workplace event in 2015.
Over 25% of time-loss claims in 2015 were caused by a slip, trip or fall.
The average cost of benefits for time-loss claims due to a work-related slip, trip, or fall was $7,341.
On average, each slip, trip and fall injury results in 92 days lost from work. More information here on slips, trips and falls.
Injuries related to slips, trips and falls are often caused by:
Weather related hazards like ice and snow
Wet or oily surfaces
Loose rugs or mats
Highly polished surfaces/floors that do not allow for adequate footwear traction
Uneven walking surfaces
Listed below some steps to reduce the risks of slips, trips and falls inside:
Practice good housekeeping, clean up all debris, loose paper, plastics
Ensure obstacles and poor lighting are dealt with quickly
Use moisture-absorbent mats with beveled edges in entrance areas
Display “Wet Floor” signs as needed
Use anti-skid adhesive tape in troublesome areas
Make sure that spills/ excess liquids are cleaned up immediately
Taking your time and pay attention to where you are walking
Adjusting your stride to a pace that is suitable for the walking surface and the tasks you are doing
Walking with the feet pointed slightly outward
Listed below some steps to reduce the risks of slips, trips and falls outside:
Wear correct footwear for the weather and season
Take a moment NOW to check your footwear, Does your footwear have adequate tread depth, made of non slip materials and in good condition
Laces tied up
Remove snow ice build up on around all walkways and high pedestrian walkways
Salt or gravel icy steps, walkways, high traffic areas and driveways
Fix uneven walkways
When you can’t remove the hazard, proceed carefully and use handrails where they’re available
Focus on your walking when you are outside, walk with the feet pointed slightly outward
Avoid distractions like talking on the phone
Do not walk with your hands overfull
Laces tied up
Walk with the feet pointed slightly outward
3 point contact in and out of your truck
Get in practice to always look down before and during your decent from the cab of your truck. Know where you will be stepping so you can securely plant your feet to avoid turning an ankle or incurring a fall.
Always check your footing before getting out of any vehicle
whether you work inside or outside, it’s always a good idea to wear sturdy, anti-slip footwear.
Great video about slips trips and falls featuring Rod Stickman.