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.