Falls – Lower Level

Following highway crashes and intentional injuries by persons, falls to a lower level is the third leading fatal workplace event and the fifth leading event resulting in cases with days away from work. In 2020, 645 workers died and 49,250 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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