Slip and Fall Statistics
Find Out More About Slip and Fall Statistics
Second only to motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths in the United States. It's not hard to see that slip and fall accidents can be extremely serious, whether you're at work, home, or anywhere else.
We've compiled the latest statistics available to give you a broad overview of how commonplace slip and fall injuries are, and what you should look out for on a daily basis. The following figures were the most up-to-date statistics at the time of our latest research.
If you have any questions, or require more recent information, please refer to our sources at the bottom of this page for more information.
Slip and Fall Accident 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.
Falls at Work
- 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.
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"Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities" Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"Walking/Working Surfaces" Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
"Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Injury Facts Chart" The National Safety Council.
"Safety at Home: Falls" The National Safety Council.