Explore Slip and Fall Statistics
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.
- 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.