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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

  • Spills

  • Loose rugs or mats

  • Obstructions

  • Highly polished surfaces/floors that do not allow for adequate footwear traction

  • Poor lighting

  • 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.