Falls – Lower Level

Following highway crashes, falls to a lower level is the second leading preventable fatal workplace event and the third leading event resulting in cases with days away from work. In 2016, 697 workers died and 48,060 were injured. This category applies to injuries when all of the following factors are true:

  • The injury was produced by impact between the injured person and the source of injury
  • The injured person’s movement produced the injury
  • The motion of the person and the force of impact were generated by gravity
  • The point of contact with the source of the injury was lower than the surface supporting the person at the inception of the fall

This infographic provides an overview of the nonfatal trends involving days away from work, including nature of injury, part of body injured and industry. Explore the data details tab for information on fatal injuries, injury rates and historic trends.

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