Slips,trips and falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalisation and one of the top three causes of injury related death in New Plymouth District. Between 2006 and 2010, more than 3,387 people were hospitalised for fall-related injuries, accounting for 41% of all unintentional injury-related hospital admissions.
Between 2004-2008 36 people died from fall-related causes, accounting for 23.4% of all unintentional injury-related fatalities in New Plymouth District.
The majority of those who fall and injure themselves are children or older adults. However, falls are also one of the biggest causes of home injuries for adult New Zealanders in the working population age range (15-64 years).