Slips, Trips & Falls

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Stats you should know

  • 997 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 third most common injury event in 2016.
  • 17.1% of all time-loss claims in 2016 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 $7,341.
  • On average, each slip, trip and fall injury results in 92 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.

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.

This Occupational Health and Safety Risk Mapping Tool can be used in any workplace or work area. It's an effective way in helping reduce injuries at work. Use this tool to help identify, assess and control injury hazards in your workplace.

Print and keep this tip sheet nearby for more ways to prevent slips and falls in your workplace.

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 

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.

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