Visitors and Leisure
Accidents are a major cause of injury, disability and death, particularly among young children and older people. In England, accidents are responsible for 10,000 deaths a year. Accidents have a significant impact on society both emotionally and financially. The following factors have been proven to have an affect on accident rates:
Older people are at particular risk of death and disability from falls on stairs or steps. Over 3,000 people over the age of 65 years are killed annually in falls.
As a part of their ‘Avoiding slips, trips and broken hips’ campaign, the Department of Trade and Industry issued the following guidelines to reduce the risks of falls.
These simple steps can prevent pain and injury caused by falls.
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