Floor Safety Quick Facts

  • 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.

  • Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.

  • 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition)

  • 22% of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).

  • According to the American Trucking Association, slips and falls are the leading cause of compensable injury in the trucking industry.