Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls: Keep Workers Safe on the Job


According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), falls cause more than 42,000 worker injuries each year.

Since slips can be caused by wet surfaces or even loose rugs, good housekeeping can easily prevent such scenarios. It can also help prevent trips that can be caused by clutter, an obstructed view, or even poor lighting. Proper footwear can also help keep feet firmly on the ground.

CCOHS offers these suggestions for reducing the risk of slipping and tripping:

  • Take your time and pay attention to where you are going
  • Adjust your stride to a suitable pace for the walking surface and tasks you are doing
  • Walk with feet pointed slightly outward
  • Make wide turns at corners
  • Keep walking areas clear from clutter or obstructions
  • Keep flooring in good condition
  • Always use installed light sources that provide sufficient light for your tasks
  • Use a flashlight if you enter a dark room without light
  • Ensure things you carry or push don’t prevent your view of obstructions or spills

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