Winter Work Hazards – Slips and Falls

Icy weather brings added danger to the Canadian worksite. Even if your job is predominantly indoors, slips and falls on icy sidewalks, parking lots, or on slush brought in from outside can cause serious injuries to Canadian workers. While there is no way to completely eliminate the risks presented by icy and wet weather, there are ways to lower the chances of slips and falls in the workplace and help keep everyone safe this winter.

Ice is not nice

Black iceIf you ask most people to think of winter ice, they’ll describe an opaque layer of frozen water on the sidewalk or the clear, glass-like freezing that occurs on lakes and other bodies of water. While both of these are common winter ice conditions, neither is the one you’re likely to slip on. Black ice or invisible ice is a thin, slippery layer of ice that forms on roads, sidewalks, and other non-porous surfaces. You can’t always see black ice, and that’s what makes it so dangerous. The best advice to avoid slipping on black ice is to treat all surfaces as though they are ice-covered when walking – shorten your gait, slow down, wear proper footwear, and look where you are going.

Footwear Matters

Terra Therma Toe treadIn addition to slowing down your pace and shortening your gait to avoid slips and falls on slippery surfaces, having the right footwear can help you stay upright. Winter is not the time to be wearing boots or shoes with worn down treads, as it is the treads that help give you traction in slippery conditions. Winter work footwear is specifically designed to help you walk in snowy, slushy, and even icy conditions. Just as winter tires give your car additional traction on the road, winter boots give your feet additional traction on the sidewalk. If you know you will be walking on ice, you can purchase ice grips that go over your shoes or boots and offer additional traction. Keep in mind, though, that these grips should not be worn indoors as they can damage flooring.

An ounce of prevention is said to be worth a pound of cure – by being aware of your surroundings, shortening your gait, slowing down your walking speed, and wearing winter-specific footwear, you can lessen the chances of slip and fall injuries this winter.

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.