What is your Gait?
Prevent Slips Trips and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents
While employees are encouraged to avoid walking on slippery
surfaces such as ice or a recently mopped floor, they can be
trained on how to adjust their gait if they must walk on these areas.
When walking on a slippery floor, the risk of a fall is reduced if the
person shortens her stride, walks more slowly, and places her feet
flat on the ground as opposed to letting only the heel of the shoe
initially contact the floor surface. On an extremely slippery surface,
it can also be helpful to point the toes slightly to the sides,
walking like a penguin with a short stride.
Costs of STFs
• To the To the worker:
employer: Lost wages &
– Loss of out-of-pocket
– Increased Pain
industrial Temporary or
– Costs Reduced quality
with training of life
Typical Injury Sites
• Knee, ankle and/or foot
• Wrist &/or elbow
• Back &/or shoulder
• Slip • Trip Two types
– Too little – Foot or Fall at
friction or lower leg
traction hits object
Fall to same
between & upper walking or
feet body working surface,
or fall into or
(footwear) continues against objects
& moving, above same
king surface, in loss of
resulting in balance
loss of – Stepping Fall to
balance down to lower level
lower Fall to level
surface & below walking
Falls and Assessment of
Why we train our staff and look at education prevention– Simple
Injury Prevention prioritizing your efforts and ensuring you give
enough information, support and coaching to supervisors and
workers to tackle a single or just a few issues will drive enough of an
improvement to motivate your crews to take on another.
Even Icy roads can cause slip related injuries
Causes of Slips
• Wet product or
spills on smooth
floors or walking
– Rig Chemicals
Causes of Slips
• Metal surfaces
– Dock boards & dock plates
– Sidewalk & road covers
• Mounting & dismounting vehicles
• Climbing ladders
• Loose, irregular surfaces such as
In the field, you can’t control the ground
conditions, but you can make good choices to
minimize potential risks and ensure you are well
prepared for the challenges.
Causes of Trips
• Uncovered hoses, cables, wires or
extension cords across aisles or
• Clutter, obstacles in aisles,
walkway & work areas
• Open cabinet, file or desk
drawers & doors
PPE & Risk Assessment
Ensure your footwear supports your
• Appropriate tread
• Secure upper
Carry loads close to your body and
secured to avoid
• unexpected weight movement.
Continuously assess the terrain and
make appropriate choices.
Practical Prevention Ideas
Safe Movement Habits.
• Learn how to move your body to
minimize wear and tear (e.g. do not
• Warm-up and stretch to prepare
your body for activity.
• Incorporate lower body stabilization
exercises into your regular routine.
• Practice specific trunk (core)
exercises to help support the low back.
• Are people warmed up and
prepared for activity?
• Are worker’s boots in good repair
with adequate ankle support?