Slip and Fall Stats to Know

Eagle Mat Spreads Awareness for Slips, Trips, and FallsSlip and fall accidents occur every day in the US and cost millions in lost wages, medical bills and legal fees.

Use this fact sheet to get the top statistics on slip and fall injuries by the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • There are two types of falls – elevated falls and same-level falls;
    • 65% of fall-related injuries occur as a result of falls from same-level walking surfaces;
    • The services, wholesale, and retail trade industries together accounted for over 60% of injuries that resulted from same level falls;
    • The manufacturing sector alone accounted for 16 percent of injuries that resulted from same-level falls;
    • While same-level falls are more common, elevated falls are often the most serious and cause more severe injuries to a les number of people;
    • Over 60% of all elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet;
    • Over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury every year;
    • An estimated 20 – 30% of people who experience a slip and fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head injuries;
    • The most common fractures that occur from slip and fall accidents are fractures are of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand;
    • Slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and these account for 46% of fatal falls among older Americans;
    • Slips, trips and fall accidents can also cause other complications including: Death, Incapacitation, Broken bones and fractures, Long-term medical complications, Head trauma and Spinal cord injuries;
    • 1 in 6 of all lost-time work injuries result from slips, trips and falls;
    • Slips, trips and fall injuries make up almost 20 percent of all job related injuries;
    • It is estimated that these injuries result in an average of 11 days away from work;
    • Approximately 19,565 people die in the U.S. annually due to injuries caused by unintentional falls;
    • According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths;
    • Slips, trips and fall injuries account for between 12 and 15 percent of all Workers’ Compensation expenses;
    • Slips, trip and fall injuries cost employers approximately $40,000 per incident;

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