Safety Statistics - Slips, Trips, and Falls
Reduce Common Fall Hazards
Slip, trip, and fall injuries are often the types of injuries that could have easily been avoided. They are also the injuries that often cause the most time lost in the workplace. Fall related injuries are generally the most serious, with high fatality rates.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were over 6,000 citations given to businesses for failing to meet requirements in fall protection standards in 2015.
The following statistics show how important it is to evaluate your workplace for slip, trip, and fall hazards and to reduce the number of these situations.
- Fall protection has topped OSHA’s list of most cited violations for five straight years (2010-2015).
- According to the United States Department of Labor, there has been an increase of over nine percent of fatal slip, trip, and fall accidents from 2013 to 2014.
- The Department of Labor issued a preliminary count of 793 fatal slip, trip, and fall accidents in 2014 (across all industries).
- Construction sees the highest frequency of both fatal and non-fatal slip, trip, and fall accidents.
- Falls contributed to 349 fatalities in construction – 40 percent of all workplace fall-related fatalities occur in the construction industry.
- Slips, trips, and falls made up 17 percent of all work-related fatal injuries in 2014.
- Of the over 3 million recorded non-fatal injuries and illness in 2013, falls accounted for eight percent of the total in private industry.
These high occurrence rates of slips, trips, and falls should attract the attention of both employers and workers. To lower these numbers, ensure that members of your team are following safety policies, wearing necessary personal protective equipment, using floor safety products like cones, and posting OSHA compliant fall protection signs near areas where falls could occur.
Find more information on workplace injuries: US Bureau of Labor Statistics IIF program
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