Prevention Tips & FAQ

What are some common slip, trip and fall hazards?

Examples of common causes for slips, trips and falls in the workplace are provided below:

Housekeeping and Maintenance Practices

  • Accumulation of clutter and waste.
  • Improper storage of material and equipment.
  • Spills.
  • Extension cords, conduits, cables, and hoses across walking surfaces.
  • Loose and unsecured floor mats, carpets, and coverings.
  • Damaged or missing flooring materials.
  • Stairs and ramps with loose or missing handrails.
  • Inadequate lighting.

Walking and Working Surface Conditions

  • Slippery, wet or icy walking surfaces.
  • Uneven walking surfaces.
  • Surface changes such as carpet to tile or level to sloped.
  • Surface protrusions or depressions such as thresholds, cover plates, and gratings.
  • Work Practices
  • Wearing inappropriate footwear for the task.
  • Carrying items that obstruct view.
  • Rushing to complete work.

Personal Behavior

  • Wearing improperly fitted, loose, or undone footwear.
  • Cutting through areas not designated or intended as walkways.
  • Horseplay and running in the workplace.
  • Not paying attention.

What safe work practices and tips can I use to prevent slips/trips/falls?

  • Clean up spills promptly
  • Don’t walk and text at the same time.
  • Use handrails on stairways.
  • Avoid carrying loads that obstruct your view.
  • Use two hands to climb\descend ladders and maintain three-points of contact.
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices - remove clutter from aisles and walkways.
  • Do not run cords through aisles or in stairwells (use safety cones and extension cords covers if this cannot be avoided).

What preventative measures should I take during winter?

  • Wear proper winter footwear with rubber soles.
  • Stay on designated walkways, which have been cleared and maintained.
  • Do not take shortcuts across grassy or sloped areas.
  • Walk do not run.
  • Exercise caution when entering/exiting vehicles as the ground may be slippery.
  • Avoid using exterior stairways, use interior stairways where possible (and hold the hand rails).
  • If applicable, use the tunnel system until weather conditions change and icy conditions are reduced.

What should I do if I notice a slip, trip or fall hazard?

  • All slip, trip and fall hazards should be reported immediately to your supervisor. If your immediate supervisor is not available report the hazard to the next level of supervision.

  • Slip, trip and fall hazards requiring action by Facilities should be reported by calling 403-329-2602 (or Security Services at 403-329-2345), identifying this as a safety hazard.
  • Do not wait for someone else to report the hazard.

Why should slip, trip and fall hazards be reported immediately?

  • Immediate reporting of the hazard allows for prompt corrective action.

  • Reduces the risk of injuries.
  • Ensures a safe and healthy workplace.

What will my supervisor do?

  • Your supervisor is required to take corrective action immediately. This may require isolation of the hazard until arrangements can be made for its correction.