• Slips and falls represent 41% of preventable injuries in Canada at a total cost of $3.6 billion each year.
• Falls were the leading cause of overall injury costs in Canada in 2004 accounting for $6.2 billion or 31% of total costs (direct and indirect).
• 50% of all fall injuries resulted in hospitalization.
• Falls are the leading cause of injuries resulting in permanent partial disability (47%) and total permanent disability (50%).
• Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among Canadians over 65 with one in three falling on average of once or more each year. ]
Source: SMARTRISK Canada (2009) “The Economic Burden of Injury in Canada” Gillespie et al., (2009) “Interventions of preventing falls in older people living in the community”
• Ministry of Labour inspectors conducted a blitz in industrial and construction workplaces in February and March 2013 focusing on STF hazards.
•The Blitz resulted in hundreds of stop work orders.
• The most frequently issued orders for falls hazards at industrial sector workplaces involved a failure of employers to:
-ensure the safety of floor surfaces
Source: Ministry of Labour Blitz Results: Slips, Trips, and Falls June 28, 2013