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50 consumer products with the highest injury rates

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50 consumer products with the highest injury rates

Each year, millions of products are recalled from stores after companies determine their items pose a risk of serious or life-threatening injuries to consumers. In 2018, children’s snowsuits were recalled after buttons were found to be potential choking hazards. Earlier the same year, Swedish furniture company Ikea recalled one of its lamps after concerns emerged about glass detaching and falling on customers.

Because common products often cause safety concerns, the analysts at Stacker set out to find the 50 consumer products with the highest injury rates. The data comes from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission National Electronic Injury Surveillance System Injury Estimates (NEISS), which ranks the consumer products with the highest estimated number of product-related injuries nationwide. The estimates are “based on a nationally representative probability sample of hospitals in the U.S.,” according to NEISS. Some of these listed are not explicitly products, but broader activities or objects that are categorized and tracked by the NEISS.

The products are ranked from fewest to most estimated injuries in 2017, with the data updated in April 2018. While some products like trampolines pose obvious risks to injury, the #1 most injury-inducing product might surprise many readers. Note that the U.S. CPSC groups similar products together and does not rank brand name items by most estimated injuries.

Read on to discover 50 consumer products with the highest injury rates.

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JayMantri // Pixabay

#50. Handrails, railings, or banisters

Estimated injuries in 2017: 58,659 (+4.7% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 18
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 54,827 per year (Rank: #50; 16.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 52,498 per year (Rank: #49; 16.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 28,820 injuries (49.1% of total injuries); Women: 29,839 injuries (50.9% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (9,723 injuries; 16.6% of total injuries)

Handrails or banisters can be deadly for children who fall through them. The space between banisters can appear small, but some railings—especially those that have been grandfathered into safety standards—can be large enough for kids to squeeze through and fall.

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bridgesward // Pixabay

#49. Drinking glasses

Estimated injuries in 2017: 58,946 (-12% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 18.1
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 66,187 per year (Rank: #43; 20.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 73,260 per year (Rank: #41; 22.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 26,105 injuries (44.3% of total injuries); Women: 32,841 injuries (55.7% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (15,815 injuries; 26.8% of total injuries)

Drinking glasses, if broken, can cause injury to consumers ranging from small cuts to deep lacerations. Consumers should throw away any chipped, cracked, or broken drinking glasses to avoid cuts.


 

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Max Pixel

#48. Toys

Estimated injuries in 2017: 59,008 (+1.9% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 18.1
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 57,581 per year (Rank: #49; 17.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 46,345 per year (Rank: #50; 14.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 28,873 injuries (48.9% of total injuries); Women: 30,134 injuries (51.1% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (34,874 injuries; 59.1% of total injuries)

When parents think of toy-related injuries, they often think of small toys that can be choking hazards to their children. Surprisingly, according to Stanford's Children's Health, riding toys like scooters, bikes, and tricycles are the “leading causes of toy-related injuries.”

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Max Pixel

#47. Metal containers

Estimated injuries in 2017: 65,646 (+7.2% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 20.2
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 65,244 per year (Rank: #45; 20.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 71,949 per year (Rank: #42; 22.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 27,829 injuries (42.4% of total injuries); Women: 37,817 injuries (57.6% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (11,241 injuries; 17.1% of total injuries)

People often get injured when opening large metal containers such as shipping containers. Injuries can occur when using a crowbar or fork lift to open doors that are stuck. Using the proper technique and safety precautions when opening these containers can reduce the risk of injury.  

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Angélica Martínez // Wikimedia Commons

#46. Dancing (activity, apparel, or equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 65,839 (+11.7% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 20.2
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 60,509 per year (Rank: #48; 18.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 58,793 per year (Rank: #46; 18.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 15,771 injuries (24% of total injuries); Women: 50,068 injuries (76% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (24,944 injuries; 37.9% of total injuries)

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the most common injuries for dancers is a sprained ankle, often caused by poorly fitting shoes. Along with proper warm up regimens and avoiding overtraining, having proper fitting equipment can keep dancers safe.  

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Airman Nicole Sikorski // Wikimedia Commons

#45. Swimming pools

Estimated injuries in 2017: 66,622 (-4.9% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 20.5
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 68,761 per year (Rank: #41; 21.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 73,431 per year (Rank: #40; 22.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 36,016 injuries (54.1% of total injuries); Women: 30,606 injuries (45.9% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (23,927 injuries; 35.9% of total injuries)

Pools are a great way to cool down in the heat of summer, but while fun, they pose an ever-present threat for injury, both fatal and nonfatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drownings are the fifth leading cause of accidental injury death in the U.S. Nonfatal injuries can include traumatic brain injuries from diving in shallow pools, or broken bones from slipping on pool decks.

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#44. Counters or countertops

Estimated injuries in 2017: 69,337 (+8.2% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 21.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 61,660 per year (Rank: #47; 19 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 58,219 per year (Rank: #47; 17.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 30,042 injuries (43.3% of total injuries); Women: 39,295 injuries (56.7% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (20,519 injuries; 29.6% of total injuries)

Children experience the highest injury rates with counters and countertops, because they climb onto countertops and can fall. Along with not allowing kids to climb on them, parents shouldn't use countertops as changing tables, as serious injury can occur if kids fall off.

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#43. Exercise equipment

Estimated injuries in 2017: 69,355 (+5.2% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 21.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 64,520 per year (Rank: #46; 19.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 61,790 per year (Rank: #45; 19 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 33,755 injuries (48.7% of total injuries); Women: 35,600 injuries (51.3% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (9,707 injuries; 14% of total injuries)

Well-intentioned consumers often fill their at-home gyms with the newest exercise equipment, but they often don't consider the risk of injury that comes from using machines and free weights. While most exercise equipment injuries such as pulled muscles result from overexertion, some people sustain injuries from falling weights. To reduce serious injury, some exercise equipment like treadmills have safety clips that triggers the machine to stop if the user drifts too far back.

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Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service // Wikimedia Commons

#42. Fishing (activity, apparel, or equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 70,609 (-0.2% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 21.7
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 68,949 per year (Rank: #40; 21.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 70,222 per year (Rank: #43; 21.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 56,250 injuries (79.7% of total injuries); Women: 14,358 injuries (20.3% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (12,403 injuries; 17.6% of total injuries)

For most people, fishing is a relaxing and fun activity for all ages, but when not careful, people can sustain penetration injuries from fishing hooks and harpoons. To avoid injury, fishers should always close their tackle boxes to ensure no one accidentally steps on a hook. When casting a line, they should make sure no one stands too close to the line.

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Kevin Jarrett // Flickr

#41. Door sills or frames

Estimated injuries in 2017: 73,061 (+4.9% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 22.5
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 67,711 per year (Rank: #42; 20.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 64,297 per year (Rank: #44; 19.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 30,203 injuries (41.3% of total injuries); Women: 42,858 injuries (58.7% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (14,192 injuries; 19.4% of total injuries)

A door sill is a horizontal piece of material, often wood or metal, that serves as the bottom framework for a door. If door sills raise above the ground too high, they can prove to be tripping hazards.

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Luis Dulanto // Pixabay

#40. All terrain vehicles (four wheels/off road only)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 73,734 (-10.1% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 22.7
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 79,531 per year (Rank: #39; 24.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 93,046 per year (Rank: #34; 28.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 51,352 injuries (69.6% of total injuries); Women: 22,366 injuries (30.3% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (21,788 injuries; 29.5% of total injuries)

According to the CPSC, most common ATV-related injuries seen in emergency rooms are abrasions and fractures. Riders should always wear helmets when driving ATVs to help protect their heads from falls.  

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Senior Airman Jesse Lopez // U.S. Air Force

#39. Pet supplies

Estimated injuries in 2017: 78,723 (+11.1% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 24.2
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 65,616 per year (Rank: #44; 20.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 56,521 per year (Rank: #48; 17.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 24,857 injuries (31.6% of total injuries); Women: 53,866 injuries (68.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 50–59 years (12,683 injuries; 16.1% of total injuries)

Unfortunately, even the best trained animals don't always tidy up after themselves, leaving chew toys and other pet supplies on the ground. Pet owners may trip and fall over these toys if left on the ground.

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Ryan Johnson // Flickr

#38. Monkey bars or other playground climbing apparatus

Estimated injuries in 2017: 79,023 (-4.3% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 24.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 81,470 per year (Rank: #37; 25.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 82,288 per year (Rank: #37; 25.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 40,008 injuries (50.6% of total injuries); Women: 39,015 injuries (49.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (66,786 injuries; 84.5% of total injuries)

According to a 2009 study, monkey bars cause 36% of all playground-related injuries. The CDC reports that abrasions and fractures make up over half of playground injuries treated in emergency departments. Parents or guardians should ensure that soft materials such as sand or mulch are under monkey bars, as they may protect children from falls.

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cspxbay // Pixabay

#37. Softball (activity, apparel, or equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 80,867 (-7% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 24.9
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 91,710 per year (Rank: #35; 28.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 102,668 per year (Rank: #31; 31.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 24,127 injuries (29.8% of total injuries); Women: 56,673 injuries (70.1% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (44,915 injuries; 55.5% of total injuries)

Softball injuries are commonly caused by sliding to bases or getting hit directly by a softball. To prevent game- and equipment-related traumas, athletes should wear helmets and other protective gear.

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Razvan Chisu // Unsplash

#36. Sports and recreational activity

Estimated injuries in 2017: 86,004 (+14.1% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 26.5
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 79,811 per year (Rank: #38; 24.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 79,540 per year (Rank: #38; 24.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 44,819 injuries (52.1% of total injuries); Women: 41,185 injuries (47.9% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (54,853 injuries; 63.8% of total injuries)

Teens in sports and other recreational activities often have foot and knee injuries. Oftentimes, finding the right shoe that provides the best support can alleviate pain and reduce injuries moving forward.

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rawpixel // Unsplash

#35. Tableware and accessories

Estimated injuries in 2017: 95,276 (+3.8% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 29.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 92,057 per year (Rank: #34; 28.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 91,543 per year (Rank: #36; 28.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 36,525 injuries (38.3% of total injuries); Women: 58,751 injuries (61.7% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (17,463 injuries; 18.3% of total injuries)

Tableware is often made of glass, and is subject to cracks and breaks that can injure diners. Thousands of people go to the emergency room each year after getting cuts or lacerations from broken bowls and plates.

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gfkDSGN // Pixabay

#34. Skateboards

Estimated injuries in 2017: 98,565 (-13% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 30.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 115,440 per year (Rank: #27; 35.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 122,445 per year (Rank: #25; 37.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 79,990 injuries (81.2% of total injuries); Women: 18,575 injuries (18.8% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (48,944 injuries; 49.7% of total injuries)

No matter how experienced someone is on a skateboard, skateboarders should always wear safety gear including helmets, elbow pads, knee pads, and close-toed shoes. Injuries often occur when skateboarders lose balance or attempt tricks beyond their skill level.

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StockSnap // Pixabay

#33. Day wear

Estimated injuries in 2017: 100,670 (+14.3% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 31
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 86,020 per year (Rank: #36; 26.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 74,213 per year (Rank: #39; 22.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 45,261 injuries (45% of total injuries); Women: 55,404 injuries (55% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 80+ years (16,247 injuries; 16.1% of total injuries)

Even the clothes on one's back can cause someone to get injured. People working with heavy machinery should avoid wearing loose clothing, as it can get caught in machines and cause injuries.

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fanny_rascle // Good Free Photos

#32. Windows and window glass, other than storm windows

Estimated injuries in 2017: 103,551 (+4% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 31.8
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 103,788 per year (Rank: #32; 31.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 110,122 per year (Rank: #29; 33.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 62,433 injuries (60.3% of total injuries); Women: 41,101 injuries (39.7% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (26,479 injuries; 25.6% of total injuries)

Thousands of children fall from windows each year. Parents or guardians can install window guards and window stops at home to protect their kids from falling.

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Skitterphoto // Pixabay

#31. Furniture

Estimated injuries in 2017: 104,527 (-3.3% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 32.1
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 109,688 per year (Rank: #29; 33.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 115,176 per year (Rank: #27; 35.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 52,121 injuries (49.9% of total injuries); Women: 52,406 injuries (50.1% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 30–39 years (19,112 injuries; 18.3% of total injuries)

One child dies every 10 days on average in the U.S. because of falling furniture and TVs. To prevent furniture tip-overs, parents can anchor furniture to drywall or brick.

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Pierre-Etienne Vachon // Unsplash

#30. Baseball (activity, apparel, or equipment; excl. softball)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 106,664 (-13.5% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 32.8
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 124,861 per year (Rank: #24; 38.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 142,722 per year (Rank: #20; 43.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 92,485 injuries (86.7% of total injuries); Women: 14,178 injuries (13.3% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (60,686 injuries; 56.9% of total injuries)

Each year, line drives hit off metal baseball bats strike and injure baseball players. Some leagues now use wooden bats rather than metal bats to help combat player injury.

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#29. Jewelry

Estimated injuries in 2017: 107,287 (+3.3% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 33
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 105,391 per year (Rank: #31; 32.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 100,840 per year (Rank: #32; 31 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 26,388 injuries (24.6% of total injuries); Women: 80,899 injuries (75.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (40,359 injuries; 37.6% of total injuries)

A study published in Paediatrics Child Health found that children, especially those between age 0–4, are at risk of trauma when playing while wearing jewelry. Today, many sports leagues require athletes to remove all jewelry before beginning a game to eliminate the risk of jewelry-related injuries.

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Alora Griffiths // Unsplash

#28. Weight lifting (activity, apparel, or equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 111,435 (-4.8% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 34.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 109,450 per year (Rank: #30; 33.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 100,306 per year (Rank: #33; 30.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 83,150 injuries (74.6% of total injuries); Women: 28,285 injuries (25.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (28,108 injuries; 25.2% of total injuries)

Back, knee, and shoulder issues are just a few of the injuries that can be caused by weight-lifting equipment. Using weights that are too heavy, paired with unsafe lifting techniques, is one of the factors leading to over 100,000 Americans' experiencing weight lifting-related injuries each year.

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Gentrit Sylejmani // Unsplash

#27. Swimming (activity, apparel, or equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 111,632 (-2.9% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 34.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 97,810 per year (Rank: #33; 30.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 92,413 per year (Rank: #35; 28.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 57,018 injuries (51.1% of total injuries); Women: 54,614 injuries (48.9% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (42,294 injuries; 37.9% of total injuries)

People should never swim alone, especially if they're not comfortable in the water. While life jackets and other floatation devices can be life-saving products, they may deflate and leave swimmers in dire situations if swimming alone.

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Bart Everson // Flickr

#26. Fences or fence posts

Estimated injuries in 2017: 113,650 (-2.7% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 35
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 115,768 per year (Rank: #26; 35.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 115,974 per year (Rank: #26; 35.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 75,259 injuries (66.2% of total injuries); Women: 38,392 injuries (33.8% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (24,191 injuries; 21.3% of total injuries)

Thousands of U.S. kids and teens have attempted climbing a fence at least once in their life. Chain-link fences can seem easy enough to climb, but people can get injured if they fall backward off the fence or if their body or clothing gets caught on the climb over.

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Alexas_Fotos // Pixabay

#25. Nails, screws, carpet tacks, or thumbtacks

Estimated injuries in 2017: 124,558 (+6% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 38.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 122,040 per year (Rank: #25; 37.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 129,614 per year (Rank: #23; 39.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 85,407 injuries (68.6% of total injuries); Women: 39,152 injuries (31.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (20,628 injuries; 16.6% of total injuries)

People can experience puncture wounds after stepping on nails or screws. If someone steps on a nail, they should seek medical help and may need to get a tetanus shot booster, according to the Mayo Clinic.  

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Nathan Riley // Unsplash

#24. Desks, chests, bureaus, or buffets

Estimated injuries in 2017: 142,788 (+6.9% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 43.9
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 133,788 per year (Rank: #22; 41.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 134,199 per year (Rank: #22; 41.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 65,081 injuries (45.6% of total injuries); Women: 77,708 injuries (54.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (32,417 injuries; 22.7% of total injuries)

Children tend to climb on chests, bureaus, and other large furniture, making this age group the most affected by these consumer products. Kids can fall and hurt themselves, and furniture tips can occur if chests and desks are not properly anchored to a wall.

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SamuelShultzbergBagge // Flickr

#23. Trampolines

Estimated injuries in 2017: 145,207 (+20% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 44.7
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 112,334 per year (Rank: #28; 34.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 103,473 per year (Rank: #30; 31.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 74,317 injuries (51.2% of total injuries); Women: 70,890 injuries (48.8% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (73,194 injuries; 50.4% of total injuries)

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages trampoline use in homes because of the risk of serious injury for children. Injuries vary anywhere from sprains and abrasions, to broken bones and permanent neurologic damage. To limit risk of injury, only one person should use a trampoline at a time, trampolines should have protective padding, and they should be placed at ground level.

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2nd Lt. Allie Delury // U.S. Air Force

#22. Rugs or carpets

Estimated injuries in 2017: 148,990 (+6.7% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 45.8
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 134,928 per year (Rank: #21; 41.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 124,580 per year (Rank: #24; 38.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 51,328 injuries (34.5% of total injuries); Women: 97,662 injuries (65.5% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 80+ years (43,340 injuries; 29.1% of total injuries)

Rugs and carpets can be trip hazards especially when they’re not flat or secured tightly to the ground. The top age group affected—those 80 years and older—are at higher risk of tripping and falling, and uneven rugs and carpets may cause this age group to fall more often.

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AngryJulieMonday // Flickr

#21. Containers

Estimated injuries in 2017: 154,938 (+8.4% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 47.7
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 145,965 per year (Rank: #20; 44.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 140,654 per year (Rank: #21; 43.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 67,886 injuries (43.8% of total injuries); Women: 87,052 injuries (56.2% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 50–59 years (26,858 injuries; 17.3% of total injuries)

Containers can pose suffocation risks for small children. Some containers ranging in size from 6 to 11 centimeters pose the greatest risk. Interestingly those aged 50 to 59 are actually the most likely to experience injury caused by containers. 

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hank Mitchell // Flickr

#20. Toilets

Estimated injuries in 2017: 157,921 (+15.7% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 48.6
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 128,900 per year (Rank: #23; 39.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 112,014 per year (Rank: #28; 34.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 55,178 injuries (34.9% of total injuries); Women: 102,743 injuries (65.1% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 80+ years (52,821 injuries; 33.4% of total injuries)

More than 14% of injuries in the bathroom occur when using the toilet. People over 85 years old experience over 50% of injuries getting up from, sitting down on, or using the toilet. The CDC recommends people over 65 should install grab bars and move slowly when sitting down or standing up to avoid getting hurt.

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evitaochel // Pixabay

#19. Porches, balconies, open-side floors, or floor openings

Estimated injuries in 2017: 158,483 (-2.5% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 48.7
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 153,961 per year (Rank: #19; 47.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 151,517 per year (Rank: #19; 46.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 74,228 injuries (46.8% of total injuries); Women: 84,255 injuries (53.2% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 50–59 years (22,510 injuries; 14.2% of total injuries)

U.S. residents of all ages sustain injuries after falling from porches and balconies. In 2018, students frommultiple universities experienced serious trauma after falling over railings and balconies.

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Max Pixel

#18. Cabinets, racks, room dividers, and shelves

Estimated injuries in 2017: 159,832 (-2.8% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 49.2
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 157,732 per year (Rank: #18; 48.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 155,234 per year (Rank: #18; 47.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 70,835 injuries (44.3% of total injuries); Women: 88,997 injuries (55.7% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (34,199 injuries; 21.4% of total injuries)

Infants and young children especially may be injured by shelving units and non-sturdy racks. To stay safe, people should close drawers and avoid top-heavy cabinets to prevent them from tipping. And keep an eye on your little ones while out shopping at stores that may not have secure displays. 

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#17. Ladders

Estimated injuries in 2017: 175,433 (+2.8% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 54
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 164,096 per year (Rank: #17; 50.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 166,753 per year (Rank: #17; 51.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 136,786 injuries (78% of total injuries); Women: 38,648 injuries (22% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 50–59 years (39,676 injuries; 22.6% of total injuries)

Many people sustain injuries by falling off ladders at home and at work. For safe ladder usage, people should place ladders on flat, firm foundations, climb slowly, and only allow one person on the ladder at a time.

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#16. Soccer (activity, apparel, or equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 218,926 (-3.4% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 67.3
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 228,457 per year (Rank: #14; 70.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 222,162 per year (Rank: #14; 68.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 144,035 injuries (65.8% of total injuries); Women: 74,890 injuries (34.2% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (27,925 injuries; 12.8% of total injuries)

Along with the usual injuries athletes experience in many contact sports, soccer players can get concussions from heading soccer balls, or colliding with other players or even the goal post. Some studies have reported adults heading a soccer ball can experience the same force as helmet-to-helmet contact in football.

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#15. Sofas, couches, davenports, divans, or studio couches

Estimated injuries in 2017: 219,287 (+7.5% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 67.4
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 201,106 per year (Rank: #16; 61.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 194,117 per year (Rank: #16; 59.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 108,103 injuries (49.3% of total injuries); Women: 111,185 injuries (50.7% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (92,022 injuries; 42.0% of total injuries)

In a surprising study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 National Conference and Exhibition, researchers suggested that falls from soft furniture like sofas and couches could be more dangerous for a child than falling from stairs. Parents often assume soft furniture is safe, but they should avoid leaving small children alone on sofas or couches.

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#14. Footwear

Estimated injuries in 2017: 238,054 (+9.1% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 73.2
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 212,959 per year (Rank: #15; 65.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 197,571 per year (Rank: #15; 60.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 94,928 injuries (39.9% of total injuries); Women: 143,125 injuries (60.1% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 30–39 years (30,774 injuries; 12.9% of total injuries)

Oftentimes, the shoes people wear can cause more harm that good. Walking in high heels may lead to ankle sprains and foot pain. Wearing shoes with a thicker heel can help disperse body weight evenly and prevent injury.

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#13. Doors

Estimated injuries in 2017: 304,278 (+3.4% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 93.6
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 296,509 per year (Rank: #13; 91.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 310,833 per year (Rank: #11; 95.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 137,633 injuries (45.2% of total injuries); Women: 166,630 injuries (54.8% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (74,030 injuries; 24.3% of total injuries)

Children are often injured when their fingers are crushed by doors, and the worst finger injuries can lead to amputation or chronic pain. Parents with children may consider installing hinge protectors to prevent doors from slamming.

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#12. Knives

Estimated injuries in 2017: 329,184 (-4.1% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 101.2
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 335,214 per year (Rank: #10; 103.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 345,254 per year (Rank: #9; 106.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 195,590 injuries (59.4% of total injuries); Women: 133,594 injuries (40.6% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (78,767 injuries; 23.9% of total injuries)

Knife injuries plague the cooking industry, with even the best chefs accidentally slicing themselves. To avoid serious lacerations, cooks should never touch the blade of a knife, and knives should always be placed in safety holders when not in use.

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#11. Football (activity, apparel, or equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 341,150 (-9.3% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 104.9
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 386,853 per year (Rank: #6; 119 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 428,893 per year (Rank: #6; 131.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 319,473 injuries (93.6% of total injuries); Women: 21,677 injuries (6.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (30,070 injuries; 8.8% of total injuries)

Some of the top football injuries for young adults include concussions and heat injuries. Wearing padding that fits well and high-quality helmets can help protect athletes.

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#10. Exercise (activity or apparel, without equipment)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 353,818 (+8.4% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 108.8
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 317,861 per year (Rank: #12; 97.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 275,689 per year (Rank: #13; 84.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 178,402 injuries (50.4% of total injuries); Women: 175,416 injuries (49.6% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (72,303 injuries; 20.4% of total injuries)

When exercising, people may experience sprains, pulls, tears, and cramps. To reduce injury, athletes should wear proper exercise attire and should give their body rest when they start to feel pain.

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#9. Tables (excl. baby changing tables, billiard, or pool tables)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 355,821 (+5.8% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 109.4
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 337,566 per year (Rank: #9; 103.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 339,673 per year (Rank: #10; 104.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 176,402 injuries (49.6% of total injuries); Women: 179,418 injuries (50.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (133,137 injuries; 37.4% of total injuries)

Dinner tables, end tables, coffee tables, and more are staples in almost all households. Children sometimes experience injury by running into or falling onto glass tables.

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#8. Bathtubs or showers

Estimated injuries in 2017: 365,786 (+5.9% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 112.5
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 333,751 per year (Rank: #11; 102.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 310,019 per year (Rank: #12; 95.3 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 147,781 injuries (40.4% of total injuries); Women: 218,006 injuries (59.6% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 80+ years (49,262 injuries; 13.5% of total injuries)

Over one-third of nonfatal bathroom injuries occur when people are bathing, showering, and getting in and out of the tub. The same study found women experience a higher risk of falling in the bathroom. 

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#7. Chairs

Estimated injuries in 2017: 395,038 (+7.2% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 121.5
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 359,254 per year (Rank: #8; 110.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 349,866 per year (Rank: #8; 107.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 166,678 injuries (42.2% of total injuries); Women: 228,361 injuries (57.8% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 80+ years (88,799 injuries; 22.5% of total injuries)

The elderly are more likely to be injured by chairs. People 80 years and older often trip on chair legs, and they also can lose their balance when transfering from sitting to standing and vice versa.

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#6. Ceilings and walls (interior part of completed structure)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 395,705 (+4.2% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 121.7
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 371,171 per year (Rank: #7; 114.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 362,178 per year (Rank: #7; 111.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 219,766 injuries (55.5% of total injuries); Women: 175,939 injuries (44.5% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10 to 19 years (81,334 injuries; 20.6% of total injuries)

Each year, ceilings in American homes and buildings collapse, causing injury from falling debris. In 2018, a ceiling collapsed in a Brooklyn subway station, injuring one bystander.

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#5. Bicycles and accessories (excl. mountain or all-terrain)

Estimated injuries in 2017: 447,188 (-2.8% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 137.5
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 483,818 per year (Rank: #5; 148.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 507,624 per year (Rank: #5; 156.1 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 328,328 injuries (73.4% of total injuries); Women: 118,860 injuries (26.6% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 10–19 years (109,648 injuries; 24.5% of total injuries)

From leisurely bikers to competitive racers, people of all ages get hurt while riding bikes. Biking injuries are more prevalent in men and are often related to riding at high speeds, according to researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Tips for safe bike rides include always wearing a helmet and making sure bike brakes are working properly.

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#4. Basketball, activity and related equipment

Estimated injuries in 2017: 500,102 (+3.4% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 153.8
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 506,664 per year (Rank: #4; 155.8 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 515,705 per year (Rank: #4; 158.6 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 407,127 injuries (81.4% of total injuries); Women: 92,975 injuries (18.6% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 20–29 years (95,368 injuries; 19.1% of total injuries)

Some basketball players get jammed fingers when the ball strikes the end of their finger, causing swelling and pain. To treat a jammed finger, people should ice the injury to reduce swelling, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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#3. Beds or bedframes

Estimated injuries in 2017: 819,505 (+11.8% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 252
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 717,640 per year (Rank: #3; 220.7 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 663,053 per year (Rank: #3; 203.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 344,941 injuries (42.1% of total injuries); Women: 474,564 injuries (57.9% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 0–9 years (204,810 injuries; 25% of total injuries)

Like sofas, couches, and other soft furniture, children often get injured by falling off the bed. Bunk beds pose an even greater risk to children, because unsurprisingly falls from higher heights often result in more serious injuries.

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#2. Stairs or steps

Estimated injuries in 2017: 1.3 million (+3% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 393
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 1.2 million per year (Rank: #2; 379.2 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 1.3 million per year (Rank: #2; 386.5 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 486,084 injuries (38% of total injuries); Women: 791,820 injuries (62.0% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 50–59 years (185,348 injuries; 14.5% of total injuries)

More than half of U.S. homes have stairs. And U.S. residents of all ages go to the emergency room after slipping, tripping, or falling down stairs. Holding onto handrails while going up and down can help reduce trips to the ER.

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#1. Floors or flooring materials

Estimated injuries in 2017: 1.9 million (+2.5% from 2016)
Injuries per 100,000 people: 574.1
Estimated injuries over 5 years (2013–2017): 1.7 million per year (Rank: #1; 524.4 injuries per 100,000 people)
Estimated injuries over 10 years (2008–2017): 1.5 million per year (Rank: #1; 471.9 injuries per 100,000 people)
Gender breakdown: Men: 719,601 injuries (38.5% of total injuries); Women: 1.1 million injuries (61.4% of total injuries)
Top age group affected: 80+ years (506,340 injuries; 27.1% of total injuries)

Like rugs and carpeting, general flooring materials can cause fall-related injuries in older adults. Some researchers believe more shock-absorbent flooring may limit the severity of these injuries. 

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