Slips, Trips, and Falls
October 2022 Safety Topic
The most common workplace incidents are slips, trips, and falls. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these account for about 700 fatalities per year, in addition to other injuries. Slips occur when one loses their footing. Trips happen when one’s foot hits an object. Falls occur when one suddenly drops or comes down. Spills, slippery weather conditions, loose mats, floor pipes, ladders, loading docks, and many more obstacles or situations pose a high possibility of an incident of this nature. Be aware of your surroundings and protect yourself from hazards that can cause slips, trips, and falls.
Some ways to remain diligent and avoid these incidents are as follows:
- Be alert for any spills/liquids on the floor. If possible, clean it up or call 5-HELP to report the spill.
- Keep walking and working in areas free of clutter.
- Report malfunctioning lights on walkways, stairs, ramps, halls, and exits to 5-HELP.
- Ensure ladders are fully opened.
- Use “Caution: Wet Floor” sign to alert occupants of slippery floors.
- Do not attempt to jump off a loading dock or the back of a truck.
- Keep wires and extension cords out of walking areas.
- Take extra care and slow down your pace when walking in bad weather conditions.
For more information or questions about Slips, Trips, and Falls, please speak with your supervisor or contact a Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance team member.