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March 2017

Quick Facts on Slips, Trips & Falls 

  • Slips and falls do not constitute a primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, but represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
  • 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.
  • 22% of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2002).
  • Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).
  • Occupational fatalities due to falls are approximately 600 per year down from 1200 since the 1970s.
  • According to Workers Compensation statistics from ITT-Hartford Insurance Company, falls account for 16% of all claims and 26% of all costs. This compares to 33% of costs associated with sprains and strains.
* credit to  National Floor Safety Institute 



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