Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of injury in Ontario workplaces. As a result, the Ministry of Labour will be completing blitz inspections from March to July, looking for hazards that could lead to slips, trips and falls.

What will the MOL look for:

  • A well-documented health and safety program
  • Hazard awareness and prevention training for slips, trips and falls (i.e. posted warnings, working at heights program and training etc.)
  • Evidence that you’ve taken precautions to reduce risks

To reduce injuries, inspections should be completed regularly to identify and remediate hazards.

Things you should look for during your inspections, especially in high-traffic areas:

  • Slippery surfaces – spills, seasonal hazards such as snow and ice
  • Unsecured mats – mats can sometimes roll up and create a tripping hazard
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Debris
  • Poor lighting
  • Poor housekeeping and obstructions to walkways
  • Protruding cords or cables

How to prevent injury:

  • Slip-resistant flooring and mats
  • Set up wet floor signage when applicable
  • Ensure prompt maintenance, removal of debris, snow and ice, and spill clean up
  • Routinely clean floors with appropriate solutions
  • Clear obstructions from walkways
  • Good housekeeping practices
  • Cover/tape down cords and cables
  • Install handrails/guardrails
  • Awareness and prevention training
  • Appropriate training and certification for working at heights
  • Use proper footwear
  • Pay attention when walking – limit usage of electronic devices
  • Inspect, report and remedy hazards
  • Report and track incidents when they occur – look for trends

Inspecting daily will reduce hazards, prevent injuries and ensure due diligence. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a useful infographic on preventing slips, trips and falls on their website, which comes in a downloadable poster that you can post in your workplace and socialize with your teams. Check it out here.

Being proactive when it comes to slips, trips and falls is the best approach. However, when an incident occurs it is important to have a reliable and effective reporting system in place to capture essential details.

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Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls in all Workplaces – Safe At Work Ontario 
Falls – Ministry of Labour 
WSPS - Get ahead of the MOL's upcoming slips, trips and falls initiative 
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips Infographic