Watch Your Step – Slips, Trips, and Fall Safety

Slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accidents leading to personal injury. They can result in head injuries, back injuries, broken bones, sprained muscles, or cuts and lacerations.

Most slips, trips and fall incidents are preventable by maintaining awareness of your surroundings and paying attention to your walking surface.

  • Watch out for wet or waxed floors.
  • Do not text while walking.
  • Report for repair rugs and carpets that are frayed or are not properly tacked down.
  • Use caution when walking over loose flooring, tiles, bricks, pavement or floorboards.
  • Clean up or report all spills and wet areas immediately. Don’t wait for a small spill or wet area to dry itself.Lost time resulting from slips, trips, and falls
  • Tidy up your area; even a small object on the floor can cause a trip and fall.
  • Keep extension cords out of pathways. Use walkway cord covers if necessary.
  • Report for repair or replacement any stair treads that are cracked or worn.
  • Don’t store materials, boxes, etc. in hallways, aisles or stairs.
  • Carry only what you can handle. Don’t rush and never carry a load you can’t see over.
  • Keep file cabinet and desk drawers closed.
  • Report any stairways and hallways that are not lit well.
  • Never use furniture or boxes as makeshift ladders. Use a sturdy, balanced stepladder or a step stool.
  • Make sure your cuff or hem isn’t so long that you catch a heel while walking.

If you see a safety hazard on campus, please contact

Slips, Trips, Falls, Accidental DeathReport any accidents or incidents – even minor ones. Minor injuries occur in greater numbers than serious injuries and records of these injuries can pinpoint problem areas and prevent someone from experiencing a more serious injury down the line.

Help the EH&S Committee maintain a safe campus.


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