Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls can occur on sharp or slippery rocks; or on unstable or slippery logs. A fall can result in a serious injury on the rocks or logs, or a deadly tumble into the cold ocean from a rock cliff.
Sharp, Slippery Rocks
Rocks on the Pacific Rim Region’s coastline are very sharp and extremely slick, even when it isn’t raining. The area between the exposed shoreline and underwater rocks can be very slippery.
Rock cliffs occur on the shoreline near beaches and along trails. In addition to slip, trip, and fall hazards, rock cliffs are a significant hazard and may result in unexpected water entry. Many people who are injured or die in the ocean didn’t even intend to get wet.
How to be CoastSmart
- Wear proper footwear – closed-toe shoes are safer.
- Where possible, avoid the rocks, especially if they’re near the edge.
- Know that rocks and logs can be slippery, and can be unbalanced and move.
- Expect logs to move even when they’re dry.
- Stay on the beach, trail, or behind railings.
- Keep well back from the edge of the rocks.