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  1. Fall fatalities are nearly equally divided between men and women. However, more women will experience a slip-and-fall accident.
  2. Slips and Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). (Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 11.9 percent of ER visits.)
  3. Fractures are the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
  4. Slips and falls represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
  5. Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
  6. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
  7. Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall. Most fall injuries in the home happen at ground level, not from an elevation.
  8. Of all fractures from falls, hip fractures are the most serious and lead to the greatest health problems and number of deaths.
  9. Each year in the United States, one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall. Half of which are repeat fallers.
  10. According to the CDC in 2005, more than 15,000 people over the age of 65 died as a result of a fall. Up from 7,700 a decade earlier.
  11. The CDC also reports that approximately 1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated in an emergency room as a result of a fall.
  12. For people aged 65-84 years, falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death; for those aged 85 years or older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death.
  13. Incidence of falls goes up with each decade of life.
  14. Of all deaths associated with falls, 60% involve people aged 75 years or older.
  15. 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.
  16. Half of all elderly adults (over the age of 65) hospitalized for hip fractures cannot return home or live independently after the fracture.
  17. Falls represent 40% of all nursing home admissions and are the sixth leading cause of death among people aged 70 years or older.
  18. More than 60% of nursing homes residents will fall each year.
  19. 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.
  20. Sixty-seven percent f fall fatalities are among people aged 75 years or older.
  21. People over the age of 65 are 10-15 times more likely to experience a hip fracture than are people aged 60-65 years.
  22. Eighty-five percent of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition)
  23. Twenty-two percent of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2002).
  24. Compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).
  25. Disabling (temporary and permanent) occupational injuries due to falls are approximately $250,000-$300,000 per year.
  26. According to Workers Compensation statistics from ITT-Hartford Insurance Company, falls account for 16% of all claims and 26% of all costs.
  27. According to the American Trucking Association, slips and falls are the leading cause of compensable injury in the trucking industry.
  28. Falls from elevation (approximately 40% of compensable fall cases, approximately 10% of occupational fatalities).
  29. Falls on the same level (approximately 60% of compensable fall cases). (W. Monroe Keyserling, Ph.D. 2000)
  30. Slips and Falls are the No.1 in insurance claims.
  31. More than 540,000 slip and fall injuries requiring hospital care occur in North America each year.
  32. Slip and falls account for over 300,000 disabling injuries per year in North America.
  33. One in three serious bone breaks for seniors result in death within one year of the accident.
  34. Slip and falls account for over 20,000 fatalities per year in North America or about 55 per day.
  35. It is the second leading cause of accidental death and disability after automobile accidents.
  36. Slips and falls are the number one cause of accidents in the workplace accounting for 30% of all reported injuries.
  37. Slip and falls are the number one cause of accidents in Hotels, Restaurants and Public Buildings, with 70% occurring on flat and level surfaces.
  38. Slip and falls result in Worker’s Compensation claims over $1.8 Billion a year or about 40% of all accidents claims paid out.
  39. Slip and falls account for 40% of general liability claims.