When you watch small children, teens, or athletes for any length of time, you’ll notice that they tend to fall down fairly frequently; but they usually get right back up again. This may lead you to believe that falling is not a significant problem in terms of injury risk.
But the reality is much, much different. Slip and falls, especially while on the job, constitute a serious issue for American adults. To illustrate this point, here are a dozen crazy slip and fall stats:
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission claims that more than two million fall injuries every year are partially or fully caused by floors or flooring materials. That’s about one every 16 seconds.
- Over a million people visit the hospital emergency room each year due to a slip-and-fall accident, or about one every 32 seconds. Falls make up the top cause of accidental injury in the United States, even more so than motor vehicle accidents.
- The most serious consequences of a given fall is usually one or more bone fractures, which occur in about one out of every 20 falls.
- The Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets says that about 85 percent of all worker’s compensation claims stem from an employee falling on a slick floor. Each year, that accounts for about $70 million in compensation and medical bills, according to the 2003 addition of the National Safety Council Injury Facts.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately 22 percent of all slip and fall incidents in the workplace lead to an employee absence of a month or longer.
- Dr. W. Monroe Keyserling discovered that the majority of all fall cases that lead to compensation, about 60 percent, occur at ground level. In other words, most serious occupational falls take place on the floor or ground, not from elevation (like falling down stairs or from a significant height).
- Injurious falls happen in virtually every service and manufacturing industry, although fatal falls are most frequently found in construction, mining, and some types of maintenance sectors.
- The BLS says that 11 percent of all workplace fatalities involving men are from falls. For women, that number is around five percent. However, figures show that more women experience non-fatal slip-and-fall accidents.
- For workers aged 55 and older, slips and falls are the number one causes for both occupational injuries and workers’ compensation claims.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one out of every three Americans aged 65 or above experiences a fall each year. Of those who do fall, half of them have fallen at least once before. The incidence of falls rises with each decade of life.
- For people who are at least 65 years of age, about seven out of every eight bone fractures are caused by a fall. Among this demographic, falls also make up the second-leading cause of injury to the spinal cord or brain.
- About half of the people who are 65 or older and are hospitalized for a hip fracture after a fall cannot live independently or return home afterward.
After reading this list, you probably want to make sure that you do everything within your power to keep your business from being the site of a slip-and-fall accident. One key part of the strategy is to invest in a dependable, long-lasting floor mat from Ultimate Mats. Contact the experts at Ultimate Mats today to see which high-quality floor mat is best for your business.