Falls are a leading cause of unintentional injury and injury death. Falls commonly produce bruises, hip fractures, and head trauma. These injuries can increase the risk of early death and can make it difficult for older adults to live independently. Most fatal falls occur among adults aged 65 or over. Falls are also the leading cause of work-related injury death, especially among construction workers. Most falls are preventable. Effective prevention strategies create safer environments and reduce risk factors, from installing handrails and improving lighting and visibility, to reducing tripping hazards and exercising regularly to enhance balance.
*This indicator shows the age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population due to falls.