Same-level slips, trips, and falls are occupational hazards that can be found in almost every type of work setting. When considering workplace falls, most people immediately think of falls from a height, yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the majority of fall-related injuries occur as a result of falls from same-level walking surfaces.

Safety professionals today believe that human factors play a key role in these incidents.


Falls to same level:

  • Floors, platforms and stairways may be slippery from water, blood, or poultry fat and grease.

  • Employees may trip over boxes, electrical cords, equipment, or other items that are left in aisles and walkways.

  • Floors may be uneven or have depressions or shallow holes or uncovered floor drains that cause employees to trip.