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Slips, Trips, and Falls Accidents : An Exploratory Study


Slips, Trips, and Falls Accidents : An Exploratory Study

Between 2005 and 2007, occupational accidents involving slips, trips, and falls (STFs) on the same level represented 12.6% of all injuries compensated by the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec (CSST) and resulted in payouts of $90 million. Two occupational groups―police officers and school crossing guards―approached the IRSST for its assistance in reducing and/or preventing slip incidents, which overall represent nearly half of all STF accidents. An exploratory study was carried out to document the problem and ultimately to better target preventive measures. The main objective was to identify the risk factors associated with slipping incidents/accidents in order to propose possible future research avenues that will help meet these workers’ needs. The research activity was carried out in collaboration with organizations working to prevent accidents and preserve occupational safety.

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