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Slip and Fall Statistics

  • The #2 leading cause of injuries throughout the United States. (Auto accidents are #1)
  • The #2 cause for Workers Compensation & Liability claims. (40% of all claims paid out)
  • The #1 cause of accidents in homes, hotels, restaurants, and public buildings. (70% occur on flat and level surfaces)

Liberty Mutual Survey, Press Release


95% of respondents believe workplace safety has positive impact on a company's financial performance.

24% report a substantial positive impact.

86% of respondents feel workplace safety provides a return on investment.

61percent of executives say $3 or more saved for each $1 invested in workplace safety.

13% report $10 is returned for each $1 invested.

93% report a close relationship between the direct and indirect cost associated with a workplace accident

40% feel that between $3 and $5 dollars of indirect costs exist for each $1 of direct costs.

The median response was that $3 of indirect costs exists for each $1 of direct costs.

82% of respondents feel their company currently places a priority on workplace safety.


Liberty Mutual also finds - Falls on same level the second most common workplace injury in 2002 accounting for 12.5% of all injuries costing $6.2 billion.

The Research Institute: (using Bureau of Labor Statistics)  -
The most frequent disabling injury in the restaurant industry includes same-level slip and falls.

Pizza Marketing Quarterly article entitled Worker Injuries Injure Restaurant Profits Slip and fall injuries are the single most restaurant disruption and can cause severe disabilities.


National Resource on Aging and Injury - ( ) Every 35 minutes an older adult dies as the result of a fall.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states - the most frequent disabling injury in the restaurant industry includes slip and falls.


The National Safety Council states -  that there are over 9 million disabling slip/fall injuries requiring hospitalization every year (that's about 25,000 per day). More than 300,000 are "disabling" injuries.

The Bureau of Labor statistics shows that 104 million lost workdays per year is due to slip/fall injures. This represents 65% of all employee-hours lost, and is one of the reasons why Worker's Compensation rates are increasing approximately 30% every year.


  • Falls account for two-thirds of all accidents among older adults.
  • Statistics show that 66% of injury cases for people 65 years or older were a result of a fall, and over 75% of slip-fall deaths occur to people 65 or older.
  • One older adult dies every 35 minutes due to a fall.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) - questionable "slip and fall" claims submitted by members showed an increase of 57% each of the last three years. "While many people have legitimate accidents in stores and businesses across the country, we've seen a growing number of cases that have some indication of potential fraud," said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and chief executive officer.

Businesses Frequently Pay Without Investigating.

A Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) new study report for cost of non-hospital services in Workers' Comp is highest in Wisconsin.


In 2010, Wisconsin's workers' compensation system was the costliest for non-hospital services in a study of 25 study states. Prices in Wisconsin for non-hospital services were more than twice that of the 25-state median, and nearly 50 percent higher than the median of the six states with no fee schedules.

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance's Detailed Claim Information for 2002 and 2003 the average medical and indemnity direct cost for all workers' compensation claims was $17,787 with common slip-and-fall accidents carrying a direct cost of   $20,228. Add to that indirect cost, such as increased insurance premiums; damaged equipment and/or facilities; hiring, training or retaining; and loss of production and/or quality, which are often 3 to 7 times direct cost, and that $20,000 slip-and-fall accident could wind up costing business $80,000 - $120,000 or more if the employee takes the matter to court or workers' compensation premiums go up.

If the injured person is a customer it is very possible for these numbers to be much higher. Lost time for investigation, lost time for co-workers training, need to higher temporary worker, training new worker,   loss production and/or quality, employee moral, bad publicity, loss of customers, increased insurance premiums, damaged equipment and/or facilities, correcting physical hazard, regulatory fees.

A study done by the Institute of Real Estate Management that says that 57% of those asked would say that slips and falls are the leading cause of all disputes they have or have had in the past. Also 63% ranked the slip and falls one of their top 3 management issues they deal with on a regular basis.

According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention:


  • More than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
  • In 2004, 14,900 people 65 and older died from injuries related to unintentional falls; about 1.8 million people 65 and older were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal injuries from falls, and more than 433,000 of these patients were hospitalized.
  • The rates of fall-related deaths among older adults rose significantly during the past decade.

What outcomes are linked to falls?

  • Twenty percent to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate-to-severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around and limit independent living. They also can increase the risk of early death.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common fractures are of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.
  • Many people, who fall, even those who are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and physical fitness, and increasing their actual risk of falling.
  • In 2000, direct medical costs totaled $179 million for fatal falls and $19 billion for nonfatal fall injuries.
  • Men are more likely to die from a fall. After adjusting for age, the fall fatality rate in 2004 was 49 percent higher for men than for women.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requires Non-Slip Flooring in All Public Buildings.

One of the requirements under Title III is that floor surfaces in public buildings have a coefficient of friction at or above a .6 level for surfaces, and .8 for ramps. Most public buildings DO NOT meet this level on their entrances, lobbies, restrooms, and kitchens.

General Safety Orders Title

Permanent floors and platforms shall be free of dangerous projections or obstructions, maintained in good repair, and be reasonably free of oil, grease, or water. Where the type of operation necessitates working on slippery floors, such surfaces shall be protected against slipping by using mats, grates, cleats, or OTHER METHODS which provide equivalent protection.

Cost of failure to comply with ADA's requirements

Regulation 36.503(3)(1) provides for a penalty of up to $50,000.00 for a first violation. Regulation 36.503 (3)(ii) provides a penalty of up to $100,000.00 for the second and each subsequent violation. In addition to these harsh penalties, the regulations also make provisions to require your firm to pay all legal expenses of the one who brings the action against you.

Defense The one window of opportunity to be found in regulation 36.503 (3)(d) wherein it state, "... the Court shall give consideration to any good faith effort or attempt to comply with this part."

However, the ADA Handbook goes on to state in its analysis of this regulation that "The 'good faith' standard referred to in this section is not intended to imply a willful or intentional standard... that is, an entity cannot demonstrate good faith simply by showing that it did not willfully, intentionally or recklessly disregard the law."

In other words, "I didn't intend to violate the regulation" is not a defense. The only defense that you can hope to use to reduce the amount of penalty to be levied against you is to take action now to bring all floor surfaces covered under the ADA in compliance with the ADA regulations.

Are you covered?

The ADA Handbook specifically lists and includes as public accommodations restaurants, hotels, theaters, shopping centers, dry cleaners, Laundromats, doctors offices, pharmacies, libraries, parks, private schools, day care centers, convention centers, amusement parks, health spas, bowling alleys, and zoos.

Legal Definition of Negligence

Failure to use a reasonable amount of care when such failure results in injury or damage to another.

Recently at the Waukesha County Safety Council meeting we were informed that the Department of Workforce Development & the Department of Commerce had recently increased its investigation of compensable employee injuries. The Wisconsin Statue 102.57states:


Violations of safety provisions, penalty. If injury is caused by the failure of the employer

to comply with any statute or any lawful order of the department, compensation and death

benefits provided in this chapter shall be increased 15% but the total increase may not

exceed $15,000. Failure of an employer reasonably to enforce compliance by employees

with that statute or order of the department constitutes failure by the employer to comply

with that statute or order. These fines are NOT covered by insurance.


Plaintiff's legal expenses, as required for non-compliance of federal mandates.

You are still required to correct the problem.

Currently many insurance companies are doing much to encourage small businesses to do everything they can to reduce the exposure to slip & fall accidents, and to make sure their insurance policy includes premises liability coverage for slip-and-fall lawsuits. Claims for slip & falls, have unlimited Liability Risks unlike a finger getting severed, or something like that, the liability has a set dollar amount. Where with a

Slips and falls are more common than you think.


Ranked third among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States, deaths from falls are a growing safety concern in the workplace, residential environments and public settings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury death and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. The rate of fall-related deaths among older adults will continue to rise as our population ages.

Over 275,000 occupational injuries were caused by slips, trips and falls in 2008 alone in the USA.

In the years 2007-2008 . . .the average incurred workers' compensation cost per trip/slip/fall exceeded the average cost of other injuries by 14%.

STF's represents #1 cause of injury after motor vehicle accidents
STF's occur in any part of the workplace whether inside or outside.
STF's may result in serious outcomes
STF's cost to both worker and employer can be great

To the worker this represents:

  • pain
  • lost wages
  • temporary or permanent disability
  • reduced quality of life
  • depression

To the employer this represents:

  • loss in productivity and business
  • increased worker's compensation premiums
  • costs associated with training replacement worker
  • cost of medical treatment and potential litigation

SLIP & FALLS ARE; The #1 cause of accidents in Homes, & Public Buildings including "taverns" (70% occur on flat and level surfaces)
SLIP & FALLS ARE; The #2 leading cause of injuries throughout the United States. (auto accidents #1)
SLIP & FALLS ARE; The #2 cause for Workman's Compensation and Liability claims. (40% of all claims)


  • 25,000 slip & fall injuries require hospital care every day (over 9 million per year)
  • More than 300,000 are "disabling" injuries.  
  • 35% of all work related injuries are slip & fall accidents and account for 65% of lost time from work.
  • Nationwide there are 95,000,000 days lost from work each year due to a slip & fall.
  • The average medical & indemnity cost per slip/fall claim 2000-2001 was $18,838

2002-2003 was $20,228 (National Safety Council)

The average liability law suit cost; is $50,000. to Defend, and just over $100, Judgments, (OSHA)


No Slip Advantages or (What's in it for Me?)  

    • Provide safe floors for customers & employees
    • Reduce worker's compensation and liability claims.
    • Reduce insurance premiums.
    • Reduce employee lost time.
    • Comply with federal mandates.
    • No business lost time.
    • Treated floors are safe and ready to use immediately.
    • Not a coating or covering.
    •  Will not alter the appearance.
    • Quick, safe and long lasting.

Now ask yourself...


      - What would it cost if I slipped/fell and broke My wrist?

      - What if my best employee could not work for the next 5 weeks?

      - What if a customer is injured & SUES?

Wisconsin No Slip Floors offers a "nonslip chemical treatment" that alters the structure of the top surface of a hard mineral floor, ceramic tile, concrete, terrazzo, quarry tile, marble, bathtubs & showers and other hard surfaces that become slippery when wet.

Warranted for TWO YEARS but under normal foot traffic it will last much longer.

What is it going to cost for all this safety?

It depends on several factors, the amount of square footage, type of floor material and chemicals required. Extra charges can be avoided by having floors clean, free of grease and wax build-up, and furniture removed from the areas to be treated.  Are you losing customers because they are afraid of a slip & fall?

At Wisconsin No Slip Floors We Trade "Slip for Grip"!!!
It's No Accident If You Can Prevent It