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.