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Slip and Fall Statistics

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Slip and Fall Injuries

  • More than 33,000 people died from falls in 2015.
  • The National Safety Council’s Odds of Dying list ranks falls as the 6th most likely cause of death, with the odds of dying as 1 in 127.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal medically treated injuries in the U.S.
  • Each year, over 8 million emergency room visits are due to slips, trips, and falls.
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older.

Falls at Work

  • In 2016 there were 229,240 nonfatal cases involving falls, slips, trips; the lowest since 2014.
  • In 2016 there were 849 fatal work-related falls, slips, and trips (in all sectors), with an increase every year since 2011 with 681.
  • Services, wholesale, and retail trade industries account for 60 percent of slip and fall accidents.
  • At 25 percent, slip and fall injuries are the most frequently reported work accidents.
  • Falls are the primary cause of lost time at work.
  • 22 percent of falls result in more than 31 days of missed work.

Falls at Home

  • 50 percent of all accidental deaths at home are due to falls.
  • Most falls occur on the same level, not from elevation (e.g., a ladder).
  • Every year, 33 percent of people over the age of 65 will experience a fall.
  • Between 20 percent and 30 percent of people experience an injury after falling, including lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas.