Prevention System Updates

Slips, trips and falls blitz starts February 1

Release Date:  Jan 28, 2013

A two-month blitz on slips, trips and falls beginning February 1 will have Ministry of Labour inspectors looking for hazards involving

  • falls from heights
  • falls from ladders, mobile ladder stands and platforms
  • same-level falls.

Although this is the ministry’s fifth blitz on falls, it’s only the second to look at falls in the industrial sector, and the first to focus on slips, trips and falls. In addition to looking for hazards, inspectors will be checking to see whether workplace parties know their roles and responsibilities. For instance:

  • employer, supervisor and worker duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and compliance with the fall protection provisions of its health and safety regulations
  • safe work practices, including hazard recognition and controls • fall prevention best practices • adequate measures and procedures • emergency planning • ladder safety, including the safe use of portable, manufactured ladders • vertical access ladders
  • worker information, education and training.

Slips, trips and falls can occur in any workplace, and in Ontario result in 10 fatalities and 15,000 lost-time incidents every year.

Additional reading

Check the December 2012 issue of HSO Network News for more about

  • why slips, trips and falls keep happening
  • components of a prevention program
  • available resources.