Why Did You Fall? Why Does It Still Hurt?

Falls from height accounted for 30% of all workplace deaths in 2022/23. In the last decade 425,000 non-fatal falls have occurred. The No Falls Foundation is conducting a survey to find out why the figures keep growing.

Labour Force Survey produced the non-fatal falls statistics. Death figures come from the Health & Safety Executive.

The No Falls Foundation is a UK charity focussed on the work at height sector. It is embarking on the largest survey of its kind in the UK to date.

The survey started during No Falls Week at the start of May. The survey is aimed at anyone who has experienced, witnessed or investigated falls from height – whether they be from roofs of from a step ladder.


Abbi’s Story

Behind every statistic is a human story. No Falls Foundation ambassadors Jason Anker MBE, Paul Blanchard and Dylan Skelhorn’s stories serve as stark reminders of the long-term and life-changing consequences of a fall from height such as mental health problems, financial worries and long-term care needs.

Abbi’s Story highlights the wider reaching implications of loved ones. The effects for all can last a lifetime.




Along with the lives, families and businesses affected by these accidents, up to 992,000 working days were lost through non-fatal falls from height in Great Britain last year alone. Not only that, the total cost of falls from height in 2022/23 is estimated to be over £847 million, made up of costs to the employer and the individual, government tax losses and benefit payments.

Despite statistics provided by the Health & Safety Executive and a call from industry to introduce a simplified system of reporting to more accurately reflect the cause of workplace accidents, there is still a lack of data available surrounding falls from height at work and at home.

Hannah Williams, the charity manager at the No Falls Foundation says: “Current reporting focusses on the type of incident, as opposed to what caused it in the first place. We want to gain insight into the root cause which will inform future research projects and focus resources to prevent falls from height.

“We encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed or investigated a fall from height to participate in this important research survey to help us ensure everyone who works at height comes down safely.”

To Take part in the UK falls from height survey and research study – Click Here


Picture: The No Falls Foundation is conducting first of its kind research into falls from height to help prevent Abbi and her father going through the physical and emotional pain that fall injuries can cause.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
24th May 2024


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