Falls are not just limited to the construction industry or to those who perform manual labor. In the Financial Activities industry, marble floors contributed to 600 cases in Minnesota in which workers missed one or more days from work in both 2008 and 2009. Here are some interesting facts provided by Brian Zaidman, Senior Research Analyst, for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry:
- Only 24 percent of the injured workers were younger than 45 years, compared with 55 percent of all private-sector injured workers.
- 47 percent of the injuries were due to falls, compared with just 21 percent among all injuries to private-sector workers.
- Consistent with the high proportion of falls, 37 percent of the injuries involved multiple traumas or bruises and contusions, compared with only 11 percent among all private-sector workers.