• This cartoon is based on the double meaning of slip.

    Slip as a verb means to lose balance and perhaps fall, especially on a slippery surface like ice.
    “Be careful of the ice. You might slip.”
    “She slipped on the wet floor and broke her ankle.”

    As a phrasal verb, slip up means to make a mistake.
    “Make sure you don’t slip up again.”
    “The company slipped up with their actions.”

    The maintenance team slipped up (made a mistake) because they had not kept the rink’s ice smooth.

    A rink is the place you go to ice-skate.