Slips, trips, and falls occur when there is too little friction or traction on a walking surface, when a foot or lower leg hits an object while the rest of the body continues to move, or when the center of balance is lost resulting in a descent to the floor, against an object or to a surface at a lower level than the original surface.1 These incidents are often caused by slippery, irregular or uneven surfaces, obstacles on the floor or uncovered/unidentified hazard areas.
Hazards relating to slips, trips and falls are frequently top offenders on OSHA's top 10 violation lists. In 2015 alone, slips, trips, and falls were tied to three of the top ten violations, and two of the top three. These violations included hazards relating to fall protection (#1), scaffolding (#3), and ladders (#7).2
This standard supports worker safety by keeping workplaces clean and safe from hazards, including:
This standard supports the safety of exit routes. Some of the key elements that apply to slips, trips and fall in this standard include: