Last year a total of 4,628 people in the Netherlands died within 30 days after an unfortunate fall, an increase of nearly 600 compared to 2017. That amounts to an average of 13 people dying due to a fall per day. Three quarters of the victims were over the age of 80, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
Last year a total of 74,900 elderly people in the Netherlands were treated in emergency rooms for serious injuries after a fall, an increase of 5,200 compared to 2017, according to figures released by VeilgheidNL.
A 21-year-old man was injured when he fell backwards from a three-meter-high balustrade at the Delft Student Society Phoenix during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The student was taken to hospital, but has since been discharged with no serious injuries, the student association said in a statement, AD reports.
A 67-year-old Dutch man was seriously injured in a fall in the Austrian Alps on Wednesday. There are concerns that the man may now be paralyzed, NOS reports.
The accident happened while the man and his wife were walking near the town of Bludenz in western Austria on Wednesday afternoon. The man fell around 15 meters and landed in a very rocky area, according to the broadcaster.
A doctor who happened to be in the area provided first aid before the Dutch man was airlifted to a hospital in Feldkirch.
An 18-year-old Dutch man is in critical condition after he fell from the balcony of a 5th floor hotel room on the Spanish island of Majorca, where he was vacationing with friends. His fall from a height of about 15 meters was broken by a garbage container in the alley next to the hotel, AD reports based on reports in local media.
The audience in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg got quite the shock when an acrobat fell around 2 meters during the opening performance of Circusstad Festival on Wednesday. The woman was taken to hospital, the Telegraaf reports.
"Together with six other female acrobats, she was busy with an act on the so-called Chinese Pole. That is a vertical police of five meters high. The acrobats alternate dance with tricks. The woman missed the pole and fell", Circusstad Festival said, according to the newspaper.
A toddler was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries after falling from a balcony on Albertuslaan in Kerkrade on Monday night. The child fell around 3 meters, the police said on Twitter.
The severity of the child's injuries is not yet known. The boy was conscious when the emergency services arrived, according to the police.
At this stage the police believe the child's fall was accidental, but they are investigating the incident to make sure nothing else was going on.
Three visitors to the Alrijne Hospital in Leiderdorp were hurt on Thursday after a decorative tree fell on them in the restaurant. The tree is about 4 meters tall, with a real trunk, but fake leaves, NU.nl reports.
The hospital could not say anything about the severity of the victims' injuries, but told NU.nl on Thursday that they were all likely to be discharged by Thursday night. The incident happened at around 2:00p.m. in restaurant Sante.
A 41-year-old man was arrested in Ridderkerk on Saturday after his 1-year-old child fell from a first floor apartment on Fresiastraat. The police are investigating exactly what happened.
At around 6:20 p.m. on Saturday the police received a report that a toddler had fallen from the first floor of the apartment building. According to the police, the report indicated that the boy may have been thrown from the apartment. "Presumably a quarrel in the home of father and child preceded the incident", the police said in a statement.
A 12-year-old boy was hurt on Friday when he fell off a footbridge and landed four meters below in a cave. The accident happened at an old bat cave at the Diergaarde Blijdorp, the zoo in Rotterdam.
Rescuers already at the zoo were able to retrieve the boy. He was in a stable condition, an emergency services spokesperson told Nu.nl. His injuries were not disclosed.
It all happened around 2 p.m. when the boy wanted to give his grandmother a scare at the site. He crept out onto a walkway that is open to the public, and ended up slipping off the footpath.
A 41-year-old woman was injured after she fell from a third floor balcony of an apartment building on Hogeweg in Venlo on Monday morning. The resident of the involved apartment, who was at home at the time of the fall, was arrested as a suspect, 1Limburg reports.
An intoxicated Dutch man fell from a balcony in the German city of Worms. He fell 7 meters to the ground, but survived. The injured, but conscious man was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, RTL NIeuws reports.
The man was standing on a third floor balcony. He had hung his coat over the balcony's railing. When his coat fell off the railing, the man tried to grab it. He lost his balance and fell over the railing, according to the broadcaster.
His fall was partly broken by a canopy.
One person was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a "violent incident" in a home on Vlietstraat in Amsterdam on Thursday night, the police said on Twitter. The victim was found on the street.
The police responded to the scene shortly before midnight after reports of a shooting. When emergency services arrived, they found the victim on the street. Witnesses told NH Nieuws that the victim fell or was pushed from a second floor window.
The police are investigating what happened. It is not yet clear whether there was a shooting.
A 3-year-old boy was injured after falling from the window of a third floor apartment on Loosduinsekade in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon. The child was rushed to the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam under police escort, AD reports.
A trauma helicopter landed at the scene to provide first aid.
How the child fell is not yet clear. The police believe it was an accident, a spokesperson said to the newspaper.
The boy's current condition is unknown.
A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in Gouda on Friday morning when he jumped off a roof while running from the police, Omroep West reports.
The boy was one of six teenagers sitting on a roof on Kleiweg and making noise. Four of them left a youth institution without permission. When the police wanted to take them back, one of them jumped off the roof.
"He ran a bit over the roof and jumped - even before the cops could catch up to him - from the four floor building", a spokesperson for the police said to the broadcaster.
A woman and her 2-year-old child were both seriously injured in a fall from a 4th floor apartment in Overvecht on Thursday night. The woman jumped out of the window with the child in her arms, the police confirmed to the Telegraaf on Friday morning.
Mother and child were rushed to hospital. Their current condition is unknown. "It's a miracle that both survived", a police spokesperson said to the newspaper.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. at an apartment building on Othellodreef, near Utrecht Overvecht station. Bystanders found the woman and child in some bushes.
A man was seriously hurt when he fell from a second floor window of a building on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon. The police believe it was an accident, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.
The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on Monday. According to Amsterdam broadcaster AT5, the man involved is a tourist. He fell from the window of Shelter City Hostel on Barndsteeg, the broadcaster reports. The man was conscious after his fall.
A man fell around five meters while working on the telecom in the church tower of H. Martinus Church in Velddriel on Monday morning. He was taken to hospital. His condition is unknown, De Gelderlander reports.
The man fell from the third to the second floor and landed in a hard to reach place, at a height of around 15 meters. Emergency services, including an air ambulance and a height rescue team from Rotterdam, were dispatched to the scene.
A woman was seriously injured at football club RKVV Brabantia in Eindhoven on Monday night when she fell from the stadium's stands. She fell several meters to the ground and was rushed to hospital by ambulance, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
"Nobody knows exactly what happened", Erik Vos, chairman of RKVV Brabantia, said to the newspaper. The woman fell around 8:30 p.m. "It is not known if anyone saw her fall or if someone was with her. The police are investigating and questioned a lot of people."
The police found a half-naked man injured in the Oudaen castle in Utrecht early on Monday morning. The man fell through the roof of the building on Oudegracht. He was taken to hospital, AD reports.
The owner of the building noticed the man on surveillance camera footage and called the police at around 3:30 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, police officers found the largely undressed man injured inside the castle. An ambulance rushed the man to the hospital, where he is being guarded by the police. He is doing well under the circumstances and did not sustain serious injuries.
A man is in critical condition after falling down the stairs in sex shop Candy Shop in Tilburg on Monday night. The naked, unconscious man was rushed to hospital by ambulance, Omroep Brabant reports.
Two ambulances, a trauma helicopter, three police cars and motorcycle officers were deployed to the shop on Korvelseweg. The police refused to say anything other than this was a "medical issue" to the broadcaster.
A man died after falling from a home on Groesbeekseweg in Nijmegen on Monday morning. The police can't say with certainty that the fall was an accident, and therefore closed down the area as a crime scene, the Gelderland police said on Twitter around 1:00 p.m.
Emergency services responded to the home around 11:00 a.m. and found the victim already dead at the scene. The victim's identity, age and where he is from were not revealed. "The police do not rule out a crime in fatal fall", the police said on Twitter.
A child was critically injured when he fell from a playground on a schoolyard in Arnhem on Wednesday morning, the Telegraaf reports.
A doctor from the responding trauma helicopter resuscitated the boy on the spot before an ambulance rushed him to hospital with a police escort.
The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. at the school square of primary schools Toermalijn and Jeroen Bosch School on Brabantweg. What exactly happened is not yet clear.
The police solved the murder of a 60-year-old man, who was found beaten to death in a parking garage in The Hague earlier this month, thanks to a DNA match. The perpetrator is a 20-year-old man from The Hague, who died shortly after the murder, AD reports.