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WorkSafeBC’s healthcare and social services planned inspection initiative focuses on high-risk activities in the workplace that lead to serious injuries and time-loss claims.
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WorkSafeBC is releasing a discussion paper with proposed amendments to the Current Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual that guide wage rate decisions related to short-term and long-term disability compensation. Recommended amendments include: These changes may affect your claims costs. Click here to view the proposed changes and offer feedback to WorkSafeBC – The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, […]
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Safety Month - October 2024

Slips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are the second most common injury for home and community health workers. As you enter a client's home, there may be uneven or slippery surfaces outside. Weather, outside environment, and clutter inside the home may result in tripping hazards.

Preventing slips and falls

  • Plan ahead and avoid rushing
  • Focus while walking ahead. Looking at your phone or reading paperwork can cause you to trip
  • Wear footwear that has a soft rubber sole, allowing for good traction
  • Use walkways that are well-lit and have been cleared and salted, as shortcuts over snow piles can lead to a fall
  • Don’t carry too much; arms and hands can be used for balance and support in the case of a fall
  • Use handrails when climbing stairs
  • If you find that it is unsafe to enter the home, don’t go in and report unsafe conditions to your supervisor

Are you prepared?

  • I am wearing appropriate footwear
  • I have checked to ensure there is good lighting outside and inside the home
  • I have checked walkways and stairs to ensure that they are
  • in good repair and clear of debris
  • I will keep my work area tidy to eliminate slip and trip hazards
  • I will avoid multi-tasking and holding large objects so that I can see where I am going
  • I will report unsafe conditions if I see them
  • I know what to do if I am injured

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Slips and falls

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In this course, you will learn about slips, trips, and falls in the workplace including common causes for slips, trips, and falls that occur in the workplace and how to prevent them.
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