Falls Indicator represents unintentional injuries resulting from slipping, tripping, and stumbling. Standing−level falls includes falling from furniture like a chair or bed, or falling while walking on a flat surface. Falling can also happen from heights such as stairs, ladder, trees, cliff, buildings and, particularly in construction situations. Many recreational activities are also associated with fall injuries.

Although fall-related injuries occur at any age, the elderly are at a greater risk. Over 30% of those who are 65 years and older fall each year, and the elderly are more likely to suffer a fracture than their younger counterparts. Some intervention strategies that have worked in other nations include organized activities to improve balance, re-engineering public and private spaces to improve mobility, and reducing isolation of elderly populations.

In fact, the UL Safety Index shows that those nations with higher elderly population tend to have a lower Falls Indicator score. In the Falls Indicator, Malaysia, Kiribati, the Maldives, Botswana and Swaziland rank the highest while Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia need most improvement.

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