Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. Slips, trips, and falls make up 15% of all accidental deaths, and are also one of the most frequently reported injuries. Over 17% of all disabling occupational injuries result from falls. Many of these injuries are preventable. Preventing slips, trips, and falls and the injuries they cause involve your company identifying the hazards that cause slips, trips, and falls, and developing safety procedures that will prevent workers from injuring themselves.

Slips, trips, and falls can cause injuries ranging from minor sprains and strains to more severe injuries such as head trauma. The following injuries can occur when someone slips, trips, or falls:

  • Sprains and strains of the knee, wrist, elbow, shoulder, back, or hips
  • Bruises and contusions
  • Fractures of the knee, ankle, foot, arm, wrist, elbow, hip, or shoulder
  • Abrasions and lacerations
  • Head and back injuries (e.g., head trauma)

These injuries can result in extended workplace absences and increased workers' compensation costs.

In This Section

  •  General Causes of Slips, Trips & Falls
  •  Specific Workplace Conditions that Cause Slips, Trips & Falls
  •  Prevention of Slips, Trips & Falls
  •  Slips, Trips & Falls Safety Training

For industry-specific information on slips, trips, and falls, please visit our Construction, Health Care, Hospitality, Restaurant, and Trucking industry sections.


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