» What are the Hidden Costs of Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace?

What are the Hidden Costs of Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace?

Construction worker sitting on floor holding his knee after suffering an injury

Slips, trips and falls in the workplace do not always prevent employees from attending work, but they can sometimes result in reduced productivity and ultimately, lost profitability. Minor injuries such as cuts or bruises can take at least a few days to recover from, but more severe injuries could require long-term physical therapy and support.

The most frustrating thing about these types of workplace injuries is that they are quite frequent in the facility management industry.

In a Labour Force Survey (LFS) from 2021, these were the six most common non-fatal workplace injuries: 

  • Injured while lifting or carrying (manual handling)
  • Slipped, tripped or fell on the same floor level 
  • Hit by moving, flying or falling object 
  • Contact with moving machinery 
  • Fell from a height 
  • Hit something fixed or stationary

It is clear that these accidents will incur a cost. The tasks that an injured worker is supposed to perform will remain incomplete, at least
not until a suitable replacement can be found. But there are other costs that are not as obvious. Learn about the six hidden costs of slips, trips and falls in the workplace in this article and how you can control them by supporting your team with superior protection from Shoes For Crews.

1. Delays in delivery

The first, and possibly the most noticeable disruption, is production. If one or more employees are injured and unable to come to work, this could cause delays in completing their daily tasks or meeting their minimum output quotas. This type of delay can directly affect customers who are waiting for the delivery of goods or services. 

The longer your employees are off work, the more frustrating the delays can become for customers. In addition to all of that, clients might decide to take their business elsewhere if the delays persist and become severe, thus costing your company valuable revenue. 

2. Workforce shortages

Along with experiencing delays in production, another hidden cost and interruption is a shortage of workers. With the staff members who are at work, they might have to take on tasks they wouldn’t normally perform to pick up the slack and stay on schedule. 

This can result in increased stress and frustration for your workers and can ultimately affect their productivity. Your company may also be forced to spend extra money on advertising and recruitment costs to help fill the gaps on the production line.

3. Temporary labour and training costs

When an injured employee must be replaced, your company will need to spend extra money on re-training the new worker. This can end up becoming a significant expense, especially if your HR department already invested a lot of time and money into equipping the original staff member.

This can impact the bottom line because not only are new workers less productive in the beginning, they may not understand the systems and processes that a seasoned employee would know. What is more, many companies are using existing staff members to train new hires, which can directly affect their performance and time spent at work.

Three facility workers wearing black, slip-resistant safety boots on the job

4. Talent deficit

Something else you should take into consideration is talent. It will naturally take longer for new or temporary staff members to become skilled at what they do. While these employees are still in the learning process, the staff may lose a bit of seniority which can have an effect on the daily work processes.

At Shoes For Crews, we recommend the use of anti-fatigue mats as a preventive measure. They offer extra safety while new employees are learning the ropes in regards to handling machinery and other equipment. At the same time, they can also aid in improving employees’ blood flow by encouraging small muscle movements in the feet, ankles and legs. Doing so will help you prevent slips, trips and falls that may occur in the workplace from exhaustion or lack of concentration.

5. Extra clerical work

The cost of slips, trips and falls in the workplace can be multiplied by several factors and often managers do not consider or are fully aware of all of them in their budgetary or safety program planning. Behind all the hidden costs we have discussed so far, is paperwork.

Any time spent on extra or additional clerical work results in a loss of time that could be spent on moving the company forward, increasing its growth potential or improving or assessing its existing safety program. Consider streamlining clerical processes with software to help save invaluable time for your facility.

6. Lost productivity

Last, but not least, there is also an indirect expense when it comes to assessing the hidden costs of slips, trips and falls in the workplace. We are talking about a loss of productivity. When an employee is injured and they are unable to work, this can have a big impact on the rest of the team. In some severe cases, full lines of production could be forced to shut down completely while the worker recovers.

However, lost productivity not only impacts the company to potentially miss deadlines and lose out on revenue opportunities but it can also directly affect their colleagues. Having to pick up the slack for the absent employee can lead to increased stress levels and may cause them to make more mistakes.  

Did you know some of the hidden costs of slips, trips and falls in the workplace already? We hope this article will support you in raising awareness in your company’s daily operations. To help prevent these types of hidden costs from injuries and accidents, invest in durable, slip-resistant footwear for your facility’s staff from Shoes For Crews. To request a free sample pair, take a look at our Buyers Guide or get in touch with one of our experts. We would be delighted to help!

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