Even the best parent or babysitter cannot have eyes on a child every second, but that is all the time it takes for a toddler or baby to go tumbling down a set of stairs. When a young child (5 or younger) falls down the stairs and needs medical treatment, a head injury is present 75 percent of the time.
A man in his 40s died at a Queens construction site after falling five stories down an open elevator shaft. The fatal accident is especially troubling because a simple safety precaution could have saved his life.
A 35-year-old woman was on a first date at her Upper East Side apartment when she stepped outside for a cigarette. Her date followed her onto the balcony and was horrified when the railing she was perched on suddenly gave way, bending into a "v". The woman tumbled backward and fell 17 floors to her death.