Slip, Trip, and Fall - Ankle Injury

What Happened?

A Utility Worker slipped and fractured his right ankle in the parking lot. At the time of the event, a winter storm, consisting of snow, freezing rain, and rapidly dropping temperatures, was in progress. The employee arrived for his scheduled shift, parked his vehicle, and while exiting the vehicle, the employee stepped onto a patch of black ice located just outside the vehicle door. The employee lost his balance, fell, and struck his right ankle against a concrete vehicle barrier that was located in close proximity.

Contributing Factors

The parking lot had been treated with salt.  However, the rain washed away some of it.

What Can We Learn?


A Questioning Attitude would have prompted him to exercise extreme caution knowing there was a possibility of ice on the ground.

A Self Check should have been used to ensure the guard was in proper position


Physical Environment - weather conditions which consisted of snow, freezing rain and rapidly dropping temperatures. 

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?

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