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Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

February 21, 2013

Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention:

A Guide to Staying On Your Feet



Slips and trips result from unintended or unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground or walking surface. Good housekeeping, quality of walking surfaces, selection of proper footwear, and appropriate pace of walking are critical for preventing fall accidents. Slip, trip and fall prevention is a responsibility we all share.



Slips happen where there is too little friction or traction between footwear and the walking surface. Common causes of slips are:

wet, smooth-soled or high-heeled shoes

wet or slippery surfaces from occasional spills or weather hazards

loose papers, debris or mats

a change in the traction of walking surfaces


Slip Prevention

Reduce your risk of slipping:

take your time and pay attention to where you are going

wear footwear appropriate to the activity, environment & season

adjust your stride to a pace that is suitable for the walking surface and the tasks you are doing

walk with the feet pointed slightly outward for balance

make wide turns at corners

clean or draw attention to all spills immediately

mop or sweep debris from floors


It’s UP to YOU to stay UPRIGHT!


Trips happen when your foot impacts (strikes, hits) an object causing you to lose balance and, eventually fall. Common causes of tripping are:

! loose or undone shoes

! obstructed or limited view

! clutter, cables or obstacles in your way

! wrinkled carpeting or uneven surfaces


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