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Shoe Laces in Safety did you start covering this safety issue in Kindergarten!

When it comes to slips trips and falls, in Canada over 42,000 workers get injured annually due to fall accidents. This number represents about 17% of the “time-loss injuries” that were accepted by workers’ compensation boards or commissions across Canada 

Sometime we don’t consider the small things the lead to the big incident!

And not it is not just about shoe laces and considering the risks, ALL SLIPS TRIPS AND FALLS IN THE WORKPLACE, are serious safety issues! We’ve all been there: walking down the street or in our favorite store, when we suddenly trip over an unseen assailant. It doesn’t take anything more than a quick investigation to find the culprit, your untied shoelaces.

Yes I have and it wasn’t for the nagging I got in school prior to entering the work force. Sometimes I’ll walk around and my shoelace will untie itself. Kind of magical, right!?!? Well not really but watch this video to talk about the risks,

Think about it 3000 kids go to emergency a year due to shoelace incidents, so how many workers do due to the same thing?????

Do certain types of shoes and shoelaces increase or decrease probability? Activities? What determines this to increase or decrease?

A lot of slips trips and falls are preventable, this is one of those types of incidents that YOU THE  WORKER CAN PREVENT, Some of the statistics regarding these accidents come as quite a surprise to the people who see them for the first time, and perhaps they will help explain why those who are injured in this manner should take action to hold those responsible for these situations accountable.


Slips happen where there is too little friction or traction between the footwear and the walking surface. Common causes of slips are:

  • wet or oily surfaces
  • occasional spills
  • weather hazards
  • loose, unanchored rugs or mats
  • flooring or other walking surfaces that do not have same degree of traction in all areas


Trips happen when your foot collides (strikes, hits) an object causing you to lose the balance

and, eventually fall. Common causes of tripping are:

  • obstructed view
  • poor lighting
  • clutter in your way
  • wrinkled carpeting
  • uncovered cables
  • bottom drawers not being closed
  • uneven (steps, thresholds) walking surfaces

Some incidents reports have noted on more than one occasion, I know because I have done it myself a few times. And, because I am extra graceful, I have also been able to completely lose the untied shoe on the way down. So I end up face in the ground, ass in the air, with only one shoe on.

So lacing the boots or work shoes up properly is only half the risk!

Generally, pain on the top of the foot is an inflammation of the tendons that straighten the toes, which run along the top of the foot and are called extensor tendons. Thus, the clinical name for this injury is extensor tendonitis.

Extensor tendonitis is most often caused by lacing your shoes too tightly or having an ill-fitting shoe, in which case the lace creates a pressure point along the top of the foot. Swelling can often occur and it’s very likely you see a large bump or nodule somewhere on the tendon itself. As with black toenails, extensor tendonitis can be extremely painful as the tendon will rub against the shoe with almost every step. Luckily, despite the presence of a nodule and swelling, this “injury” is not very serious.

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