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Fatal and nonfatal falls in the workplace

May 01, 2000

Falls to a lower level were by far the most frequent type of fatal fall in the workplace in 1997, comprising 91 percent of the total. Of nonfatal falls, 32 percent were to a lower level, while 63 percent were on the same level.

Distribution of fatal falls and nonfatal falls involving days away from work by type of fall, 1997
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Of fatal falls to a lower level, the highest number were from a roof, followed by a ladder, scaffold, a nonmoving vehicle, and building girders or other structural steel.

Among nonfatal falls, most were falls to the floor, walkway, or other surface, while a much smaller number were falls onto or against objects.

These data are products of the BLS Safety and Health Statistics program. Learn more in "Workplace Falls" (PDF 86K), by Timothy Webster in the Spring 2000 issue of Compensation and Working Conditions.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal and nonfatal falls in the workplace at (visited June 23, 2024).

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