Winter Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

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Build awareness of winter slip, trip and fall hazards by using Step Wisely display materials and training employees.

Prevent Winter Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents During Slick Conditions

Slip, trip and fall accidents are particularly prevalent during Minnesota winters. Providing your employees and the public information to help them make safe behavior choices could save your organization significant costs, time and grief related to liability and workers’ compensation injuries. MCIT’s Step Wisely program helps make winter slip, trip and fall prevention efforts easy for its members.

Awareness Materials

The below materials help build awareness of winter slip, trip and fall prevention. Place these items in high-traffic areas around your facility to grab the attention of employees and the public. To keep the message fresh, use one topic for a few weeks then switch to another for a few weeks and so on. Learn more about Step Wisely and how to get the most out of the program …

Baby Blues of Winter

Young girl peaks out window from behind blinds with a scowl on her face looking at snow fall. Text: Yeesh! It's slip and fall season again. Yeesh! It’s Slip and Fall Season Again (weather awareness)
Poster (11×17)
Mini Flier: 1 per page or 3 per page
Table Tent
Lock Screen Image/E-mail*
Toddler boy in snow suit and winter boots on a shoveled sidewalk. Text: Nailed It! I took the cleared path and didn't fall once.

Nailed It! I Took the Cleared Path …
Poster (11×17)
Mini Flier: 1 per page or 3 per page
Table Tent
Lock Screen/E-mail*

Seriously, These Boots Are Made for Walking on Snow and Ice
Poster (11×17)
Mini Flier: 1 per page or 3 per page
Table Tent
Lock Screen/E-mail*
Toddler in snow suit and boots stands in front of a parked car in a snowy parking lot. Text: Remember to Step Wisely when getting into or out of a vehicle Create Your Own Caption (getting into and out of vehicle): This bonus poster gives members the chance to provide their own clever caption. Suggested use: Employee contest
Poster (11×17)

* To send jpeg images as an e-mail, simply download the jpeg file and paste into a new e-mail message.  More jpeg images are available on the E-mail Messages page.

Expand the sections below to see and download each theme’s materials.

P.A.W.S.: Pause, Assess and Walk Safely Theme

Step Wisely poster: PAWS: Pause, Assess and Walk Safely on stop sign with a polar bear noticing snow falling in background. Foreground text: Winter has come. Be Prepared for Changing Weather Conditions.

 

Winter Has Come (Be prepared for changing conditions)
Poster (11×17)
Mini Flier: 1 per page or 3 per page
Table Tent
Lock Screen Image/E-mail*
Animated Video

Illustration of arctic fox dressed in winter coat and boots getting out of parked car while holding onto the vehicle for safety. Text says: Grab a Hold of Vehicle When Entering or Exiting

Grab a Hold of Vehicle (When exiting or entering)
Poster (11×17)
Mini Flier: 1 per page or3 per page
Table Tent
Lock Screen Image/E-mail*
Animated Video

Poster image of husky dressed in winter gear looking onto a cleared walkway with snow-covered one to the left. Text: Scout a Cleared Path when Walking on Snow or Ice

 

Scout a Cleared Path (When walking on snow or ice)
Poster (11×17)
Mini Flier: 1 per page or 3 per page
Table Tent
Lock Screen Image/E-mail*
Animated Video

* To send jpeg images as an e-mail, simply download the jpeg file and paste into a new e-mail message.  More jpeg images are available on the E-mail Messages page.

Sports Theme

Spot the Hazard game showing people walking into a building and trying to avoid slip, trip and fall hazards.Spot the Hazard game: This fun game challenges employees to spot 12 slip, trip and fall hazards in a wacky image showing people trying to get safely to the government center.

Scree shot of animated video 1: Winter Safety All Star Championship: Get Out of a Vehicle:. Shows a woman stepping out of a car while holding onto the vehicle with both hands and placing one foot on the ground before fully standing up.Short animated videos: The series of four videos matches with the messages below. Use them in conjunction with the below display materials. Post them to the organization’s intranet or e-mail links to employees.

TV announcer pointing to drawing of person exiting a passenger vehicle, holding on to car with hands and firmly placing foot on the ground. Announcer word bubble: No. 23 achieved great control by holding onto the car with both hands while stepping on the ground." 3 Points of Contact
(exiting/entering vehicles)
Poster
Mini Flier (1 per page)
Mini Flier (3 per page)
Table Tent
Jpeg Image* (for e-mail/lock screen)
Man has fallen in snowbank next to a sidewalk. Referee blows whistle. TV announcer says, "Penalty for illegal route. No. 36 climbed over the snowbank. Safer route is to use the cleared path."

Illegal Route
(taking shortcuts)
Poster
Mini Flier (1 per page)
Mini Flier (3 per page)
Table Tent
Jpeg Image* (for e-mail/lock screen)

Person walks across snowy parking lot. TV announcers say, "Amazing execution of the shuffle step--perfect for the conditions," and "An excellent positioning of hands out for balance and eyes up to see." Amazing Shuffle Step
Poster
Mini Flier (1 per page)
Mini Flier (3 per page)
Table Tent
Jpeg Image* (for e-mail/lock screen)
Journalist interviews woman inside the entryway of a building, showing puddles on the floor: "What contributed to your successful entry today?" Woman answers, "I took it slow ll the way from the parking lot through the doorway. I never assume the floor is dry on a snowy day." Successful Entry
Poster
Mini Flier (1 per page)
Mini Flier (3 per page)
Table Tent
Jpeg Image* (for e-mail/lock screen)

 

* To send jpeg images as an e-mail, simply download the jpeg file and paste into a new e-mail message.  More jpeg images are available on the E-mail Messages page.

Emojis Theme

This campaign builds throughout the season so that the last design (Step Wisely to Avoid Injury) pulls together the tips provided on the other posters.

Short Animated Videos: Using humor, these less-than-a minute videos illustrate slip, trip and fall accidents, highlighting hazards and safety tips. VIEW AND LEARN HOW TO SHARE VIDEOS …

 

Step Wisely Emoji Decode Game example thumbnailEmoji Decode Game: This game of emoji puzzles can be used in a variety of ways to add fun to your slip, trip and fall prevention campaign. Use the game as an employee contest, include as a small group training activity or leave in break rooms for individuals to complete. DOWNLOAD GAME AND ANSWER KEY

It's Hard to See Through Tears Step Wisely poster thumbnail It’s Hard to See Through Tears
(Watch for slick spots)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
E-mail*
Don't Put a Bump in Your Day Step Wisely poster thumbnail

Don’t Put a Bump in Your Day
(Take it slow, keep hands free)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
E-mail*

A Bandage Is an Accessory You Don't Need Step WIsely poster thumbnail A Bandage Is an Accessory You Don’t Need
(Use appropriate footwear)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
E-mail*

Step Wisely to Avoid Injury on Snow and Ice poster thumbnail

Step Wisely to Avoid Injury
(All tips together)
Use this design last during the season.
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
E-mail*

* To send e-mail jpegs, simply download the jpeg file and paste into a new e-mail message. More e-mail messages are available on the E-mail Messages page.

Cat Facts Theme

Dog Daze Theme

Jokes Theme

 Step Wisely Shoe Poster What did the shoe say to the ice?
(proper footwear)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
 Step Wisely Musical Note Poster

Why is a wet entry floor like music?
(slick entry floors)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent

 Step Wisely Sigmund Freud Poster Freudian slip
(changing weather conditions)
Poster
Mini Flier (1 per page)
Mini Flier (3 per page)
Table Tent
 Step Wisely Chicken Poster How did the chicken feel after it slipped …?
(getting in and out of vehicles)
Poster
Mini Flier (1 per page)
Mini Flier (3 per page)
Table Tent 
 Step Wisely Snow Flake Poster Knock, knock …
(rushing across snow and ice)
Poster
Mini Flier (1 per page)
Mini Flier (3 per page)
Table Tent

Top 5 Winter Falls Theme

Slip and Split Step Wisely poster  Slip and Split
(black ice and hidden slick spots)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
 Carside Crash Step Wisely poster Carside Crash
(getting in and out of vehicles)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
 Parking Lot Plant Step Wisely poster Parking Lot Plant
(rushing across snow and ice)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
 Doorway Drop Step Wisely poster Doorway Drop
(wet and sandy floors)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
 stepwisely_twist_and_shout

Twist and Shout
(proper footwear)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent

Comic Book Theme

 Bell Ringer Step Wisely poster Bell Ringer
(walking on ice)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
 Ego Bruiser Step Wisely poster Ego Bruiser
(getting in and out of vehicles)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
 Ankle Twister Step Wisely poster Ankle Twister
(proper footwear)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
Table Tent
 Elbow Buster Step Wisely poster Elbow Buster
(wet and sandy floors)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
 Step Wisely Head Cracker poster PDF Head Cracker
(stay on cleared walkways)
Poster
Mini Flier (1/page)
Mini Flier (3/page)
  • Request Printed Materials: Complete the Step Wisely Order Form and return it to info@mcit.org to have printed materials mailed to you at no cost.
  • E-mail Messages/Jpeg ImagesSafety committees can get a great deal of mileage out of these ready-to-go e-mail messages. Simply download a message and paste it into an e-mail and send to employees once a week to support other slip, trip and fall hazard awareness and accident prevention efforts.

Temporary Caution Posters

Step Wisely Caution poster The below signs have been developed for temporary use on or near exit doors during changing conditions for winter slip, trip and fall prevention. The signs are intended to be used as a tool in conjunction with other practices, including but not limited to shoveling, sweeping, applying salt and/or sand, or other winter slip, trip and fall prevention strategies.

Signs should only be used on a temporary basis when warranted by weather conditions. Permanent use could result in occupants becoming complacent and reduce the poster’s effectiveness. The posters should not be used as a substitute for slip and fall prevention best practices.

  • Slick Conditions: This sign is intended to warn occupants exiting buildings that walking surfaces may be slippery due to changing weather conditions.
  • Specific Need: This poster includes a blank section, allowing users to enter a message based on a specific need, such as “Watch for falling icicles.”

Training Materials Support Awareness

Many of the Quick Take training scripts and the Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Power Point presentation address year-round hazards that you can use to  train employees about safer habits.

Employer Resources for Managing Slip, Trip and Fall Risks

Check out these resources to find tools to help identify and manage slip, trip and fall hazards.