Slips, Trips, And Falls

Last updated: March 25, 2019

What Does Slips, Trips, And Falls Mean?

Slips, trips and falls cause numerous deaths and injuries in workplaces, schools and in homes. Slips are the result of too little friction or a lack of traction between the footwear and the floor surface. A trip is the result of a foot striking or colliding with an object, which causes a loss in balance, and usually a fall. Studies show that 66% of falls occur on the same level as a result of slip or trip.

Safeopedia Explains Slips, Trips, And Falls

These types of hazards have a variety of causes, but measures can be taken to mitigate the risk of slips, trips and falls. The first step in eliminating these workplace hazards is identifying common causes.

Common Causes of Slips

  • wet or oily surfaces.
  • loose or unanchored mats or equipment.
  • flooring or floor surfaces that do not have the same level of traction in all areas.
  • weather hazards (ice, rain, etc.)

Common Causes of Trips

  • Poor lighting.
  • Uneven floor surface.
  • Uncovered cables.
  • Clutter.
  • Obstructed view.

Efforts to prevent slips, trips and falls can be made by the following prevention strategies.

Good Housekeeping

  • Clean spills immediately.
  • Sweeping or mopping debris away from floors.
  • Keeping walkways clear.
  • Cover cables that cross walkways.
  • Keep working areas well lit.


  • Replace or remove damaged floor surfaces.
  • Install mats where applicable.


  • Appropriate anti-slip footwear should be a required piece of on-site personal protective equipment.

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