Slips, Trips & Falls

Safety level

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 2020.
  • Claims in 2020 resulting from a slip, trip or fall on ice totaled $0.985 M in benefit payments and 9,890 days from work.
  • The average cost of benefits for time-loss claims due to a work-related slip, trip, or fall is $7,330.
  • On average, each slip, trip and fall injury results in 85 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. 

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.

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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 

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

Make the right call. Call 1-800-9Labour for workplace and public space safety issues, concerns and regulations. 1-800-952-2687

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