Slips often take place when there is not an effective contact between a shoe sole and the floor surface, this can be due to: faults with the floor surface, an inappropriate floor surface, inappropriate footwear being worn or contamination between the shoe sole and the floor surface. All of these factors, either individually or in combination, affecting the slip resistance.

Trips, on the other hand, occur when an obstruction prevents the normal movement of the foot and this results in a loss of balance — examples include: objects left on the floor, uneven floor surfaces and poorly maintained floor surfaces.

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