Injury Insight: Injuries from Falls on Stairs

Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injuries worldwide after road traffic crashes. While stairs are in our homes, workplaces, and public and outdoor spaces, they can be dangerous and are a common place for injury to happen. In BC, stairs were involved in approximately 8.2% of all hospitalizations for fall-related injuries, with 68% of these falls on stairs happening in the home. Hospitalizations resulting from falls on stairs cost BC over $17 million during the 2013/2014 fiscal year. On average, 38 people are killed every year in BC by falling on stairs.

Our latest Injury Insight provides information on injuries from falls on stairs and tips on how to decrease risk.

Injury Insight publications provide a quick snapshot of current injury prevention research. They are available to print and use for educational purposes. View other Injury Insights on the BCIRPU website.