Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. This safety talk topic describes measures that employers may need to implement to help prevent slips and trips. It will also be useful to employees and their safety representatives. The solutions are often simple and low-cost.
To prevent slips, trips and falls
- Wear durable shoes with slip resistant soles and low heels. Lace and tightly tie shoes.
- Clean up spills immediately. Spot mop only during rush periods.
- Place caution signs when mopping or when floors are wet.
- Use any non-slipping matting provided for floors and keep mats clean and in place.
- Eliminate cluttered or obstructed work areas.
- Report to your supervisor any blind corners, problem or damaged floor surfaces or hazardous areas.
- Play your part and keep the workplace tidy.
- Move too quickly or run.
- Carry items too tall for you to see over.
- Store items on the floor that might be tripped on, especially hot items such as oil.
- Wear pants or clothing that are over-sized, baggy, or extended below shoe level causing a potential trip hazard.
- Wear leather soles, open toe, platform, high heels, or canvas shoes.