Falls are costly from an employer’s perspective. Eighty-five percent of workers comp claims come from slip-and-falls at an annual cost of $70 billion. About a quarter of employees who are out on workers comp claims are off the job for an average of 31 days, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Hospital and nursing home patients are especially at risk. The National Floor Safety Institute says that over 60% of nursing home residents fall every year.
Falls account for 8 million ER visits every year. Over half of elderly adults who fall and break or fracture a hip never return home. The average cost of a patient fall is $15,580 per case.