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Slips, Trips, and Falls Safety Talk

Slip Trips and Falls Toolbox Talk


 Slips: The loss of balance caused by too little friction or traction between your feet (footwear) and the walking or working surface.

 Trips: A loss of balance caused from a person’s foot contacting an object or dropping to a lower level while moving forward or backwards.

 Falls: The result of a trip or slip that causes the body to loose balance and strike a surface or object.


Prevention Strategies

Although there is never any way to completely prevent accidents or injuries, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of them happening.

  • Promote injury awareness (in-service, presentations, checklists, posters, signage, safety meetings etc.)
  • Education of supervisors, risk managers, employees
  • Gather information about injuries
  • Determine how to reduce injuries
  • Implement & train prevention strategies


Reporting Hazards

  • Report all hazards immediately
  • Reduce risk of hazards
  • Alert all persons in the area
  • Mark off the area or stay there until help arrives
  • Remove the hazards whenever possible
  • In the event of an emergency, CALL 911!


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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