Trip and fall results in fine

  • Posted on: 20 October 2014
  • By: Charles Redhead

The Ministry of Labour has fined a London Hospital $50,000 after a nurse was injured in a trip and fall incident.  The nurse had just finished giving a patient medication when she lost her balance as she stepped away from the bed.  The resulting fall left the nurse with a broken arm.  The nurse had gotten her foot caught in a cable from the bed which was not properly secured.   Dangling cords were a known safety hazard and had been documented in previous JHSC safety inspections.  The MOL found the hospital failed to provide adequate information, instruction and supervision in respect to the trip hazards associated with the dangling cords.  The hospital pleaded guilty to the violation.  (information from the OHS Insider)

Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of accidents in the workplace.   Under the OHSA,  employers have a duty to inform workers about all workplace hazards, to work to mitigate those hazards and provide employees with training and supervision so they can safely work near these hazards.