Slips, Trips & Falls

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Stats you should know

  • 1,008 Nova Scotians were injured seriously enough when they slipped and fell at work last year to require time off to recover. 
  • Slips, trips and falls were the second most common injury event in 2017.
  • 17.1% of all time-loss claims in 2017 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 is $6,100.
  • On average, each slip, trip and fall injury results in 61 days lost from work. 

Here’s the good news: There are many simple steps you can take to help protect you, your employees and customers from a slip, trip or fall.

We've compiled useful tools to help start or continue your journey toward a workplace free of slips, trips and falls. 

  • A Slips, Trips and Falls infographic: This piece provides a clear picture of the human and financial toll these injuries have on workplaces across Nova Scotia.
  • Top Tips sheet: This useful checklist is an excellent quick reference tool to get you going right away on clearing up hazards in your workplace.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls awareness poster and stickers: Posting these in high-traffic areas is an easy way to keep safety top of mind for all your employees. 
  • Slips, Trips and Falls discussion guide: Both a conversation starter and educational tool, this guide is a great way to engage your employees in group safety awareness activities.
  • OH&S Risk Mapping Tool: This is a more robust tool designed to help identify problem areas in your workplace, as well serving as a proactive inspection resource.

Injuries related to slips, trips and falls are often caused by:

  • wet or oily surfaces
  • spills
  • weather-related hazards like ice and snow
  • loose rugs or mats
  • obstructions,
  • poor lighting
  • uneven walking surfaces

The best way to prevent them inside is to practice good housekeeping and make sure that things like spills, obstacles and poor lighting are dealt with quickly. Outside, it’s also important to deal with hazards when possible, e.g. remove snow, salt icy steps, or fix uneven walkways. When you can’t remove the hazard, proceed carefully and use handrails where they’re available. And whether you work inside or outside, it’s always a good idea to wear sturdy, anti-slip footwear.

Prevention Tip - Footwear: Select footwear for employees that is appropriate for the work environment. Annual footwear inspections help ensure that footwear has the proper tread and is appropriate for specific surfaces. Find more tips here.


Keep safety top of mind. Encourage positive behaviour with this email tagline:

Slips, trips and falls are a major cause of injuries for Nova Scotia workers. Stop a workplace slip or fall before it happens. Learn more at www.worksafeforlife.ca/slips-falls 

Links and Videos

Occupiers' Liability Act - The Nova Scotia Legislature
Work Safe - Slips and Falls Video
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Keep Trucking Safe – Slip Trip Fall Prevention
European Union OSH Wiki Page – Slips, Trips, Falls


Success Stories


Halifax International Airport Authority


Northwood


Scotian Gold Cooperative