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Slips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of injuries to York University employees. These injuries have ranged from cuts and bruises to broken bones and concussions. The following list contains examples of hazardous conditions that have led to falls.
Open filing cabinet drawers.
Slippery Floor
Extension cords across walkways.
Loose pieces of paper on the floor.
Objects left in walkways.
Icy patches.
Spilled drinks.
Puddles tracked indoors by wet footwear.
Puddles around sinks.
Wet floors during cleaning activities.
Curled floor mats.
Torn carpet.
Chipped sidewalks.
Poorly lit areas.

Preventing (Identify, Correct and Report) Hazards:
You may be able to identify and correct some hazards yourself, perhaps with the assistance of your supervisor or co-workers.

If you notice a puddle that you can’t clean up yourself, draw attention to it by dropping a paper towel over it before reporting it.

Others should be reported to caretaking, maintenance or grounds by calling ext 22401 for Keele campus or ext 66734 for Glendon campus. ( After hours for both campuses, call Security Services General Enquiries at ext 58000.)

Finally, some hazards may not be correctable immediately and will require extra care on your part to avoid an accident

Walk and Work Safely:

As slip, trip and fall hazards can present themselves anywhere and at anytime, always practice the following safe behaviours:
Slow down and take small careful steps if the surface is rough, cluttered, slippery or at an angle.
Slippery Stairs
Where possible, walk on plowed, sanded, well lit walkways. Avoid taking shortcuts over snow banks.
Take extra care when stepping from rough to slippery surfaces:
Coming indoors with wet shoes.
Stepping from carpet to a smooth floor.
Getting out of your car on to an ice or snow covered surface.
Carry objects close to your body and below chest level so you can see over or around what you are carrying.
Hold the handrail on stairs (i.e., never carry objects requiring two hands on stairs).
Avoid standing on chairs or tables to reach high objects. Use a proper step stool or ladder.
Wear shoes and boots with good traction (especially on icy or wet surfaces).

If You Do Fall:
Let your body go limp. By allowing your body to go limp, you will naturally roll into the fall which may diminish the severity of an injury.
Don't move if you think you've hurt yourself - call for help.
Report the incident to your supervisor immediately to ensure that appropriate corrective actions are taken and to be sure that you receive appropriate medical attention.


It's Winter - Watch Your Step!
Originally published in Y-File January 6, 2005.

Slips and Falls Poster, Puddles (PDF)
This poster can be posted in washrooms or other locations, where puddles could be a hazard, to remind the community on what steps to take to prevent slips and falls.