Slips, trips and falls are some of the leading causes of workplace accidents in Ontario leading to injury and lost time at work. In Canada over 42,000 workers get injured annually due to fall accidents. Statistics show that the majority (66%) of these falls happen on the same level resulting from slips and trips. The remaining 34% are falls from a height.
Not to be taken lightly, these same-level situations can and do cause painful injuries such as bruising, sprains, broken bones, back injuries and worse. Employers, Supervisors and workers have a legal responsibility to work together to prevent and correct hazards.
Phil La Duke addresses this issue brilliantly in "Your Mother Doesn’t Work Here: Why Housekeeping Matters" citing that poor housekeeping "saps productivity, morale and operating efficiency, yet goes largely ignored. When every competitive dollar counts, it's puzzling that more shops don’t make a concerted effort to address a problem that is so easy to fix."
I encourage you to read the article here then make an action plan to get your workplace and job sites up to gloriously safe standards.