Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, Trips and FallsWhat are slips, trips and falls?

There 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
  • Learn how to inspect, setup and safely use ladders - on and off the job

Downloads

A Snapshot: Falls From Height Data Analysis (MOL)

A Snapshot: Falls From Height Data Analysis (MOL)

Falls from heights continue to be a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces. What are the root causes of falls from heights? To answer this question, MOL analyzed the prosecution files which are prepared by ministry inspectors about fatal injuries, a data source which has not been explored before.

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Fall from Heights Fatalities Analysis (MOL)

Fall from Heights Fatalities Analysis (MOL)

The project was undertaken to better understand causes (“contributing factors”) and circumstances around falls from heights. It involved reviewing and extracting information from files prepared by ministry inspectors about fatal injuries to better understand contributing factors. This included a review of 92 fall from height fatality events that occurred from 2009 to 2016 (excludes slips, trips, staircases).

337 KB PDF
Fall Prevention Safety Tool Kit

Fall Prevention Safety Tool Kit

Falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries and deaths in Ontario. Seventy-three workers died due to falls between 2011 and 2017.

249 KB PDF
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.
182 KB pdf
Safety Check: Dish Washing Safety

Safety Check: Dish Washing Safety

Dish washing safety tips for workers.
488 KB PDF
Safety Check: Mopping Spills Safety

Safety Check: Mopping Spills Safety

Mopping spills safety tips for workers.
481 KB PDF
Safety Check: Vacuum Safety

Safety Check: Vacuum Safety

Vacuum Safety tips for workers.
481 KB PDF
Safety Check: Vertical Baler Safety

Safety Check: Vertical Baler Safety

Vertical baler safety for workers.
479 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

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.

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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  • On-site
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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

La prévention des chutes par glissade et par trébuchement (français) (1 heure)

La prévention des chutes par glissade et par trébuchement (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours fournit aux participants des conseils sur la prévention des blessures au travail causées par les glissades, les trébuchements ou les simples chutes sur le plancher.

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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

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

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.

Feb 27, 2019