Slip/Fall Information

Risk and Liabilities  

  • Wet and Slippery Floors can increase risk potential
  • Reduce hazard risk for employee’s and visitors!
  • Avoid unnecessary additional liability and costs!


                                                                     Fast Facts

  •  Over 540,000 Slip-Fall injuries, requiring hospital care, occur in North America each year.
  • 25,000 people go to the hospital every day because of slip and fall injuries. (USA only)
  • Slip-Fall accidents account for 30% of all reported injuries.
  • Slip-Falls account for over 300,000 disabling injuries per year in North America.
  • Slip-Fall accidents are the source of more than 57% of all disabling injuries
  • One in three serious bone breaks for seniors result in death, within one year of the accident.
  • (60,000) workers are injured each year by fall accidents on slippery floors or surfaces. This accounts for 40% of the “time-loss injuries” that were accepted by workers’ compensation boards or commissions across Canada.
  • Slip-Falls are the number one cause of accidents in Hotels, Restaurants and Public Buildings; 70% occur on flat and level surfaces.
  • Slip-Falls account for over 20,000 fatalities per year in North America (55  per day)
  • Slip-Falls kill more workers than all other combined forms of workplace accidents.
  • Worker’s compensation and Liability Rates are increasing on the average of 30% per year

Sources: Canadian Centre for occupational Health & Safety, Bureau of Labor Statistics       US National Safety Council


According to Health Canada:

  • Unintentional injuries cost Canadians about $8.7 billion per year.
  • Falls account for about 40 per cent and motor vehicle crashes about 20 per cent of the total cost.
  • The remaining 40 per cent can be attributed to drowning, poisoning, fires, and other injuries.
  • On average, each injury in Canada generates $4,000 in direct and indirect costs.


 The Economic Burden of Unintentional Injury in Canada                         (Research conducted by The Hygeia Group.)

This study assesses the following injury and death figures* to determine overall annual costs.

  •  Injury Deaths                                                                          7,721 
  • Hospitalized Injuries                                                          125,281    
  •  Injuries Resulting in Partial Permanent Disability        43,892
  •  Injuries Resulting in Total Permanent Disability            3,300
  • Non-hospitalized Injuries                                              2,048,220
  •  Total Injuries                                                                  2,181,222    

                                 Total Annual Direct Cost estimate = $8.7 Billion CAD

  • The most costly injuries were workplace falls, totaling almost $2.4 billion of total direct costs to USA businesses 
  • The figure could rise to as high as $35 billion if you include indirect costs, such as lost productivity and the time it takes to investigate incidents.
  • On average cost of a worker’s fall is $12,470.

 Source: Liberty Mutual, the Boston-based insurance company that specializes in workers’ compensation insurance


Slip and fall accidents are a major problem both commercially and privately.

As per Canadian law, we are all obligated to all visitors and employees to take care “that is reasonable in the circumstances” to ensure that visitors are reasonably safe while on your premises. When a visitor or an employee slips and is hurt on your premises, it may be reasonable that a claim could possibly be brought against you.

With the passing of Bill-C-45: Criminalizing the failure to protect the workplace. “Everyone who undertakes, or has the authority to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take responsible steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.

To ensure the safety of others call a NanoVations Inc. representative today to provide a free risk assessment and consultation on possibly improving the quality of your floors and/or in the shower and bathtub areas.