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Workplace slips, trips and falls

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While they may seem harmless, slips, trips and falls are some of the most common causes of workplace injuries. 

Tips to stay safe from workplace slips, trips and falls

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Make sure your footwear is in good condition and is appropriate to the hazards present. For ex. having a good sole for oily environments or wearing safety shoes when required. If you have questions about your footwear, ask your supervisor.

Images of a tool kit and cleaning supplies

Keep your workplace clean. Floors must be visible at all times, free of spills, small items, and clutter.

Image of a wrinkled carpet, broken tile, slopped and uneven floors with a caution sign

Check the condition of the floor – wrinkled carpets, broken tiles and sloped and uneven floors are all accidents waiting to happen!

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Work calmly and take your time – many slips, trips and falls happen when we’re trying to do things too quickly.

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Use handrails when you’re walking up or down stairs.

A person carrying boxes blocking their view ahead and a cart carrying boxes

Don’t carry items that block your view of the path ahead. Consider using a cart for large or awkward objects.

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People can only safely manage one task at a time. Keep your mind on the task at hand, and avoid anything that will distract you– like using your cell phone, taking notes or having a conversation. 

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If you have any questions or see anything unsafe, talk to your supervisor. By staying alert and aware, you can go home safe at the end of the day. 

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