Risk of Falls among Health Care Workers

This project aimed to address the problem of fall injuries by investigating the trends among health care workers, and by identifying the associated high-risk factors, sub-sectors, and occupations relating to these injuries

The researchers examined data on workplace falls among health care workers in a large B.C. health region to identify contributing factors and report the associated compensation costs and days lost from work. The results showed an increasing trend in the rates of falls, compensation costs and days lost for health care worker falls within the health region between 2004 and 2007. Some groups of workers had a higher risk of falls, as did females and older workers

Based on the findings, the researchers recommend making fall prevention for health care workers a priority, with attention to the groups of workers at higher risk and the contributing factors identified in the study


Principal Investigators: Hasanat Alamgir and Dave Keen (OHSAH &Fraser Health)
Co-Investigators: Paul Brown, Deanna Harrison (Fraser Health), Tony Gilligan (OHSAH)
Funding Awarded: $29,070*

In partnership with the Saskatchewan WCB and the Workplace Health, Safety &Compensation Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador (WHSCC)

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