Preventing Slip, Trips, and Falls this Winter

Winter’s coming and seasonal hazards like snow and ice on walking areas and in parking lots increases the risk of slipping and falling particularly during storms when snow accumulation is significant. 

To help prevent falls and injuries this winter be on the lookout for slippery conditions and keep these simple safety tips in mind when walking outdoors:

Wear footwear with heavy treads for increased traction.

Plan ahead and don’t rush or travel too quickly for the walking surface conditions.

Pay attention while walking. Avoid distractions. Adjust how you walk according to the weather conditions.

Enter buildings slowly and watch for slippery floors & puddles. Tracked in snow from footwear often causes puddles and slippery surfaces. 

Don’t take shortcuts. A shortcut path may be dangerous since it is less likely that snow and ice removal occurred. Walk on cleared well-lit pathways.

Proceed carefully when getting in and out of vehicles.   Parking lots and sidewalks may not yet be cleared when you arrive for or leave from work.

Avoid carrying items. Try to keep hands empty so arms are free to move for stabilization.

Walk Slowly and carefully on icy or snowy walkways.  Take short and deliberate steps to preventing slipping and falling

Seasonal Hazards to Watch For - Snow and Ice

Be on the lookout for these hazardous conditions:

  • snowy and ice-covered sidewalks and paths
  • slippery surfaces due to water, ice or snow from footwear
  • black-ice formation (nearly invisible patches of ice on paved surfaces that can be very slippery)

As a reminder,

 

Additional resources on the prevention of winter Slip Trips and Falls:

EHS Bulletin

EHS Poster-Guelph Campus

EHS Poster-Ridgetown Campus & Research Stations

Physical Resources - Snow Help on Guelph Campus