Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, Trips and FallsMinistry of Labour Blitz: Falls - including Slips and Trips
October 2 - November 24, 2017

Falls are hurting Ontario workers. In 2016, 11,495 lost-time injury (LTI) claims resulted from falls. That’s the equivalent of 31 workers being injured every day due to a fall.  Nine of those injuries were traumatic fatalities.  And having two feet on the floor doesn’t mean you’re safe. In fact, same level falls are the most frequent, accounting for more than 70% of all falls.1 Based on an average benefit claim cost of $51,062, claims due to falls will cost a collective $249 million over the life of these claims.2

That’s why Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit workplaces, through October and November, 2017, to conduct an enforcement blitz on falls.

What Will Inspectors Look For?

  • Policies and programs
  • Safe work practices
  • Falls from ladders, mobile stands and platforms
  • Falls from trucks/loads
  • Ergonomics
  • Worker training

Occupations most likely to suffer a fall

For 2016, WSIB data1 provides the following profile of occupations most likely to suffer a falls-related injury.

Agriculture sector:

  • General Farm Labourer
  • Average age 40
  • Almost all male
  • Average of 50 lost days
  • 63% are same level falls

Service sector:

  • Retail Salesperson or Sale Clerk
  • Average age 44
  • 75% female
  • Average of 22 lost days
  • 75% are same level falls – including falls onto or against an object

Manufacturing sector:

  • Labourer
  • Average age 45
  • 58% male
  • Average of 38 lost days
  • 76% are same level falls – including falls onto or against an object

Young Workers (14 - 24 years old)

  • Retail Sales Clerks; Cooks; Food and Beverage Servers; Food Service Counter Attendants; Food Preparers; Cashiers
  • Average age 21
  • Equal split male/female
  • Average of 13 lost days
  • 65% are same level falls - including falls onto or against an object

1 By the Numbers: 2016 WSIB Statistical Report.
2 WSIB Injury Data: Retrieved from EIW Feb 13, 2014. Long-term costs of persistent claims not reflected.

 

What are slips, trips and falls?

Slips, Trips and FallsThere are two kinds of falls - same level or from height.

Same level falls can be caused by slippery and uneven surfaces, debris and tripping hazards, dark and obstructed pathways, and unsuitable footwear.

Falling from heights can be caused by working where there is a chance of falling more than three metres.

What the law says

Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires that employers take every reasonable precaution to protect workers, provide information and instruction, and ensure that workers properly use or wear the required equipment. Employers, supervisors and workers can be prosecuted for not complying with the law.

Refer to industry-specific regulations for details on legislative compliance. Your health and safety association can provide this information to you.

How this hazard can affect your business

  • Each year there are about 17,000 lost-time injuries due to falls in the workplace*
  • 65% of all fall-related injuries are from "same level"*
  • One in five lost-time injuries result from falls*
  • Every year about 20 people die in Ontario because of workplace falls*
  • 80 workers are injured every day because of a fall - that's one every 20 minutes*
  • An average WSIB claim is $11,771; factor in other costs like lost productivity and staff replacement, and the cost can be as much as four times more - approximately $59,000 per injury*
  • with a profit margin of 5%, sales/services required to cover the total cost of one injury equals about $1.2 million*

(Source: *WSIB "Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace")

What you can do

  • Have a company policy in place that clearly outlines the rules for housekeeping, lighting and inspections
  • Ensure that required personal protective equipment, and other equipment, is in good repair and used properly
  • Assist supervisors in meeting their obligation to ensure the rules are followed
  • Provide proper training to workers on how to clean up spills, the proper use of fall protection equipment, the use of proper guard rails and covers over holes, etc.
  • Provide continuous follow-up to make sure that the rules are adequate and are being followed, and to identify what needs improvement
  • Investigate all incidents to determine how to eliminate the cause

Consulting Services

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Awareness sessions are presentations of up to 2 hours in length delivered at your workplace by WSPS consultants. They are designed to help meet your legal duty to provide information about workplace hazards to employees.


General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Fall Prevention Safety

Fall Prevention Safety

Variety of offerings for workers and instructors including in-class theory and practical components. Price: Varies per program.

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E-Courses

(ON) Ladder Safety in Ontario (45 minutes)

(ON) Ladder Safety in Ontario (45 minutes)

Helps employees in Ontario to inspect, set-up, and safely use ladders on the job and at home.
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$29.00

(ON) Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips in Ontario (1 hour)

Falls from slips and trips, from the same level, are common workplace injuries.
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$49.00

Ladder Safety (English) (40 minutes)

Ladder Safety (English) (40 minutes)

This course provides a practical introduction to working safety with ladders (step, extension, and fixed ladders).
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$29.00

Ladder Safety (French) (40 minutes)

Ladder Safety (French) (40 minutes)

This course provides a practical introduction to working safety with ladders (step, extension, and fixed ladders).
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$29.00

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (English) (1 hour)

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (English) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to prevent injuries in the workplace that are the result of slips, trips or falls from the same level.
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$49.00

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (French) (1 hour)

Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips (French) (1 hour)

This course offers guidance on how to prevent injuries in the workplace that are the result of slips, trips or falls from the same level.
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$49.00

Working at Heights (English) (1 hour)

Working at Heights (English) (1 hour)

Learn to assess and control hazards related to working at heights, including fall prevention and fall protection.
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$49.00

Working at Heights (French) (1 hour)

Working at Heights (French) (1 hour)

Learn to assess and control hazards related to working at heights, including fall prevention and fall protection.
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$49.00

Reference Products

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards (8th Edition)

A comprehensive, print-based resource that identifies applicable laws and standards and provides detailed guidelines relating to over 30 workplace hazards and 20 controls.
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$119.00

Downloads

Falls Infographic Poster

Falls Infographic Poster

Did you know that there were more than 10,000 Lost time injuries resulting from Falls in Ontario in 2012? The cost was more than $73.2-million. Download this free Falls Awareness poster for an eye-opening look at some of the stats around falling in the workplace, and what your business can do about it.

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Information sheet on Slips, Trips & Falls - two steps to managing your risk

Information sheet on Slips, Trips & Falls - two steps to managing your risk

Looking for safe practices that can reduce slips, trips & falls in the workplace. What's the business case for prevention? What does the law say? Discover the two basic steps you need to take to manage this top hazard in your organization.

151 KB PDF
Job Aid - Anti-Slip Mats

Job Aid - Anti-Slip Mats

The use of anti-slip mats can result in hazards. Use our Job Aid to learn more.
578 KB PDF
Job Aid - Working at Heights

Job Aid - Working at Heights

Working at heights includes any work where a worker is exposed to a potential fall of three meters or more. Learn more about this hazard.
795 KB PDF
Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

This guideline explains the types of ladders that you might have in your workplace and their proper use.
176 KB pdf
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Falls on walking and working surfaces account for significant lost-time injuries.  Use this guideline to understand how slips, trips and falls happen, how to identify hazards and how to eliminate or minimize these hazards.
390 KB pdf
Pumping Out Sewage

Pumping Out Sewage

Pumping sewage from boats may expose you to infectious agents including contaminated water.  This guideline helps identify the hazards and provides safe work guidelines.
225 KB pdf
Scaffolds

Scaffolds

To prevent falling accidents, ensure that there are proper procedures in place to prevent the worker from falling from the scaffold, or from it collapsing.
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Walking and Working Surfaces

Walking and Working Surfaces

Walking and working surfaces - floors, stairs and ladders are associated with slip, trip and fall accidents.
148 KB pdf

Articles

12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

12 ways to engage workers in slip, trip and fall prevention

A recent prosecution resulting from the death of a worker who tripped on an empty pallet is a shocking reminder of how easily things can go wrong. We asked WSPS's Jennifer MacFarlane how warehouses, distributions centres and other workplaces could avoid similar incidents. Her immediate response: involve everyone.

Jul 05, 2016
12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

Eliminate hazards that could cause workers to slip, trip or fall - before a month-long Ministry of Labour inspection blitz begins on May 16. With assistance from WSPS consultant Shannon Boston, we've assembled a list of 12 possible action items to help you prepare for the blitz, entrench safe practices, and keep your employees healthy and safe.

Apr 04, 2016
5 ways to add winter hazards into your slip, trip and fall prevention program

5 ways to add winter hazards into your slip, trip and fall prevention program

Slips, trips and falls consistently rank among the top four causes of workplace injuries. As temperatures drop and rain turns to snow and ice, WSPS consultant Kevin Smith offers tips on how to incorporate winter hazard considerations into your existing slip, trip and fall prevention program.

Dec 07, 2015
Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Next month's slip, trip and fall inspection blitz is the second in two years. "There's no question the ministry is taking this hazard very seriously," says WSPS consultant Kevin Smith. "And for good reason: slips, trips and falls consistently rank among the top four causes of workplace injuries."

Jan 12, 2015
Winter's coming, and so is a slip, trip and fall blitz. Prepare now

Winter's coming, and so is a slip, trip and fall blitz. Prepare now

Twisted ankles, concussions, broken bones - these are just some of the injuries that people sustain after slipping and falling on ice and snow. Many workplaces already have active housekeeping programs aimed at eliminating indoor slips, trips and falls. In the winter months especially, take that program outdoors to further protect employees and visitors.

Dec 03, 2014
Next inspection blitz: slips, trips and falls

Next inspection blitz: slips, trips and falls

In February and March 2013, Ministry of Labour inspectors will be visiting Ontario workplaces to look for slip, trip and fall hazards. Of particular interest: hazards involving ladders and falls from heights. Take advantage of the time remaining to ensure you have the right measures in place to protect your employees.
Dec 13, 2012