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.
- 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.
- 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.