Slips, Trips & Falls

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Stats you should know

  • More than 1,300 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 highest injury event in 2015, with 3,582 total claims.
  • 25.5% of all time-loss claims in 2015 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.

Print and post this tip sheet near by for more ways to prevent slips and falls in your workplace

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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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