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Slip/trip/fall prevention: office safety talk

Slip Trip Fall Prevention-Office

Personal Awareness

  • Make a conscious decision to be mindful of your environment.
  • Distracted walking
    • Do not talk/text while walking.
  • Look out! Scan your path ahead to identify and avoid hazardous conditions.
  • Strive to maintain your body weight evenly distributed over both feet while walking.
  • Avoid quick changes in direction.


  • Wear closed-toe, non-slip sole footwear.
  • Avoid wearing flip flops, high heels and flats. They are generally flimsy, provide minimal support and typically have slick soles.
  • Wear ice cleats if walking/working on icy surfaces cannot be avoided.

Flooring/Walking Surface

  • Be aware of potentially slick walking surfaces such as tile flooring or painted surfaces which may be slippery even during dry conditions.
  • Take extra caution when walking on surfaces with a change in elevation, such as sloped floors, steps or stairs.
  • Use handrails on stairs to maintain 3-points of contact.
  • Reroute your walking path as needed to avoid icy or wet conditions as much as possible.
  • Do not forget to dry your feet at the entry of a building.
  • Follow wet/slippery floor warning signs.
  • Report hazardous flooring/walking surface conditions to your superior.

Stepstools and Ladders

  • Always maintain 3-points of contact while on a ladder.
  • Only use stepstools with a handrail to maintain 3-points of contact.
  • DO NOT use a chair or other object in place of a stepstool or ladder to work at heights.
  • Place large/bulky/heavy materials on lower shelves to avoid climbing with them in hand as much as practicable.


  • Maintain walking paths free of materials (both solid and liquid).
  • Schedule routine cleaning and maintenance to ensure your work area is well-organized and free of hazards.


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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