12 Months of Safety
November 2022

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are one of the top contributors to workplace injuries in Canada. In fact, over 42,000 workers are injured annually due to fall injuries (about 18% of lost-time injuries).

Most (more than 60%) falls occur at the same level (slips and trips) while the remainder is falls from a height.

Slips often happen when there is too little traction between a worker's shoes and the surface they are walking on. Common contributors to slips include:

  • Wet or oily surfaces
  • Spills that haven't been cleaned up
  • Hazards from weather such as rain or snow
  • Loose mats, rugs, tiles, or other floor coverings
  • Floors without sufficient traction

Trips happen when a worker hits an object that causes them to lose balance. Some factors are:

  • Limited views caused by obstructions or poor lighting
  • Clutter
  • Wrinkled carpets
  • Unmanaged cables
  • Open drawers
  • Uneven walking surfaces such as steps, thresholds, ledges, divets, etc.

Learn more about preventing slips, trips, and falls in the workplace.

Slips, Trips, and Falls Resources and Tools

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Toolbox Talk

Slips, trips, and falls are the third leading cause of recordable injuries across British Columbia and accounted for 12% of all claims from 2016 to 2020, with 32,7983 claims. Reported slips, trips, and falls may represent only
a fraction of the total incidents in the workplace if workers do not report falls when no injury occurs.

Fall Protection – Types

Toolbox Talk

A fall protection system is components to support or suspend a worker at a worker point: A fall restraint system A fall arrest system Work procedures that minimize the risk of injury to a worker from a fall These include guardrail systems, travel-restraint systems, safety net systems, and fall-arrest systems.

Fall Protection Equipment – Care and Use Of

Toolbox Talk

Fall protection is your lifeline to protect you from serious injury or death in the event of a fall. Damage to any of the equipment will reduce its effectiveness and increase the chance of failure which can lead to serious injury or death.

Ladder Safety

Toolbox Talk

Fall injuries are a major source of injury in BC both at home and at work. Most of these falls could be avoided with the application of some simple ladder safety work procedures.

Slips, Trips and Falls


Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are a leading cause of lost time claims and have a significant impact on workers and employers. In this course, learn how to minimize incidents due to slips, trips, and falls.