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Sobering Slip and Fall Accident Statistics

Falls accounted for nearly 32,000 deaths in 2014, according to the National Safety Council. In fact, falls are the third leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. with the risk of falling increasing with age. In at-home settings and communities, more than 31,000 falls led to death with nearly 600 dying from a fall at the workplace. Even further, 47,000 falls that resulted in injury at the workplace in 2013.

More Statistics

  • There are more than 540,000 slip and fall injuries that require hospital care in North America every year.
  • More than 300,000 disabling injuries are caused by slipping accidents every year.
  • There are about 55 fatalities each day in North America from fall accidents.
  • Of all reported injuries, slip and fall injuries account for 30%.
  • Slip and fall injuries alone cost over $100 million each day.
  • 40% of all Workers’ Compensation claims paid out are from slip and fall accidents, accumulating over $1.8 billion in damages paid to victims every year.
  • In hotels, restaurants and public buildings, slip and falls are the top cause of accidents with 70% occurring on flat, even surfaces.
  • Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of death in the workplace.
  • The incidence of falls increases with each decade of life.
  • Fractures are the most serious injury from a slip and fall and happen in 5% of all slip and fall incidents.

Prevention

Physical aspects can be handled to help reduce the number of slip and fall accidents but there are other factors that have a major impact. The three physical precautions that can be taken include:

  • Proper and regular maintenance
  • Well-maintained equipment and guards
  • Applicable rules and regulations

In addition to these preventions, there are three major contributors to the likelihood of slipping, tripping and falling:

  • Distractions
  • Walking too fast
  • Not paying attention to where you’re walking

The human factors can be best addressed in training sessions for safety. It is also important to be prudent with your own safety and to watch for safety signs and where you are walking.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our team of attorneys today at Jonathan Perkins Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.