Provided by the North Central ESD Workers Compensation Trust


Slip, trip and fall accidents are a serious public health concern. They are a leading cause of emergency room visits in the US and frequently result in lost time from work. According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of workplace fatalities, ranked second behind work-related motor vehicle fatalities.

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Wear footwear with slip-resistant soles and good tread. Although winter boots may not look glamorous, they’ll give you traction on compact snow and ice, not to mention help to keep your feet warm.

Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; stepping out slow, taking small steps and holding onto the vehicle for support.

Walk like a penguin with arms extended to the side and feet pointed slightly outward. Although your hands might get cold, you’ll need your arms to restore your balance if you slip.

Walk flat footed, take short steps and MOVE SLOWLY!

Avoid running, walking briskly and sudden changes in direction.

Use handrails and anything else that will help you keep your balance.

If you think you are approaching a particularly slick area, stop and explore the area with your toe to see how slippery it is before you put your full weight on the area.

Carry a small bottle filled with cat litter to spread on icy patches if needed.

Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings.

Avoid becoming distracted. Switch off your cell phone, texting devices and portable MP3 player while walking outside in winter weather.

And, last but not least, if you do loose your balance and fall, try to tuck and roll… tuck your body, lift your head pull your arms and knees in and avoid trying to break the fall with a hand, which can cause a wrist injury.

North Central ESD Workers' Compensation Trust

Providing Risk Management Services to Reduce On-The-Job Injuries