Slips Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls result in thousands of injuries every year. Most common are musculoskeletal injuries, as well as cuts, bruises, fractures and dislocations.
Slips occur when a person's foot loses traction with the floor. The most common causes are slippery floor surfaces (highly polished, wet or greasy) and inappropriate footwear.
Tripping occurs when a person unexpectedly catches their foot. In most instances, the objects people trip on are small and unobtrusive, such as cracks in the floor or electrical leads.
Falls can result from a slip or trip, but many occur during falls from low heights, such as steps, stairs and curbs.
Use this checklist to help control the risks in your workplace.
In 2009-10, more than 3100 Victorian workers suffered serious injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall.
Many slips, trips and falls can be easily prevented and many solutions can be implemented at minimal cost.