Slip & Fall Facts

Slip and Falls are the top accidental injury in the United States above sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents.

5000

Injuries

In the United States, floors and flooring material cause over 5,000 slip and fall injuries each day (consumer Product Safety Commission).

85%
percentage of workers’ compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th Edition)
87%
Falls account for 87% of all fractures among people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
60%
In the United States over 60% of nursing home residents will fall each year.

8,000,000

Million

Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits 21.3 %. Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.

Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers' compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 15-24 years

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING

30%

PEOPLE OVER 65

According to the National Institute on Aging, every year 30% of people over the age of 65 will sustain a fall, of which 10% will result in a serious injury.

70

BILLION

Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents in approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).

65-84 YEARS OLD |

For people aged 65-84 years, falls are the second leading cause of injury related death.

85 OR OLDER |

For those aged 85 years or older, falls are the leading cause of injury related death.

31

DAYS AWAY

| Number of days away from work that 22% of all slip and fall cases result in. (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics 2002)