According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who are 65 and older are particularly vulnerable to falling. In fact, the CDC's data shows that one in four, or several million individuals of this age, fall on an annual basis. Only half of them report these incidents to their doctors even though falling just once puts them at a higher risk of doing so again. This is a preventable type of accident though.
Whether you're staying at a hotel, have a loved one that lives in a nursing home or are visiting a gym, bathrooms are some of the most dangerous places where slip and falls are commonplace, especially for older adults. There are some minor modifications that facility owners can make so that their bathrooms are safer places to be in.
In the winter, it is not uncommon for individuals to slip on a patch of ice and go down hard. Many will get up, slightly embarrassed at their fall or frustrated at the ice patch, and go about their day. However, some individuals suffer injuries that require medical attention after slipping on ice.
Winter weather is upon us - that can cause some hazardous situations for pedestrians on the streets of New York City. Even though snow and ice can cause an injury, it does not need to keep you from shopping, going out to eat or attending your favorite venues.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data shows that slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths. Only car crashes claim more lives. Being able to prevent these types of incidents requires us to identify where and how these slips, trips and falls are most likely to occur.
Each year, more than 8 million Americans end up visiting emergency rooms after a fall. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), these occasions account for just over 21 percent of all hospital visits. Slips and falls account for 12 percent of these types of incidents.