Facts About Slips and Falls


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This is a compilation of facts about slips and falls presented by Handi-Treads, a HandiRamp company. For more information go to www.handitreads.com or www.handiramp.com

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Facts About Slips and Falls

  1. 1. Facts <br />About<br />Slips <br />&<br />Falls<br />
  2. 2. Slips and falls cause over 19,000 deaths in the USA annually.<br />Source: Center for Disease Control<br />Slip and falls cost the United States economy over $30 billion annually.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />
  3. 3. 95 million workdays are <br />lost due to slip and fall accidents. <br />Source: Liberty Mutual<br />303,800 workplace fall injuries occurred in 2000. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics<br />
  4. 4. 2 million people <br />are treated in emergency rooms annually due to slip and fall accidents.<br />Source: Center for Disease Control<br />Slip and fall accidents cost the US $3.5 million every hour of every day.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />
  5. 5. Slip and falls are the<br />#1 cause of accidents<br />for employees and customers in supermarkets.<br />Source: National Floor and Safety Institute <br />The nation’s grocery store industry <br />spends $450 million to defend against slip and fall claims.<br />Source: National Floor and Safety Institute<br />
  6. 6. Slips and falls are responsible for 57% of all Food Service general insurance liability claims.<br />Source: CNA Insurance<br />Slips and falls are the #1 cause of accidents in<br />hotels, restaurants and public buildings and 70% of these accidents occur on flat and level surfaces. <br />Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor <br />
  7. 7. The average cost to defend a slip and fall lawsuit is $50,000.<br />Source: National Floor Safety Institute <br />Injuries resulting from slips and falls are the cause of 65% of all loss workdays.Source: Liberty Mutual<br />
  8. 8. In 2003, more than 13,700 people 65 years or older died of fall-related injuries.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />Injuries from falls are<br />the most common cause of visits to the emergency room for young children and adults age 65 and older.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />
  9. 9. One in every three people over the age of 65 falls each year.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />Injuries related to <br />falls account for 50% <br />of all hospital visits for children under 11 years old.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />
  10. 10. Of those people aged 65 <br />and over who are injured in a fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence and increase the risk of premature death.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />Those 65 and over <br />are hospitalized for<br />fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.<br />Source: National Safety Council<br />
  11. 11. Chicago’s Willis Building <br />(formerlySears Tower) is the tallest US building with 2,109 steps. A Handi-Tread™ could be put on every step for less than half the cost of defending one slip and fall lawsuit.<br />Source: National Floor Safety Institute and Handi-Products<br />Go to www.handitreads.com<br />To see the difference <br />one stair tread can make!<br />