A leading UK online bathroom retailer has revealed, through their latest research, the top 10 strangest bathroom accidents and injuries, Their study revealed that one fifth have done themselves an injury in the bathroom at some time, with slipping on a wet floor the most common mishap.
The study, carried out by www.UKBathrooms.com, polled 1844 adults in the UK adults as part of their ongoing research into our behaviour in the bathroom and, in particular, the injuries that befall us.
Respondents were initially asked ‘Have you ever suffered an injury whilst in the bathroom?’ to which a fifth, 19%, said ‘yes’, that they had suffered an injury of some kind at some stage whilst in the bathroom.
Those surveyed who said they had suffered an injury whilst in the bathroom were asked to select from a list of generic injury types to try and establish the most common form of bathroom injury. Respondents were able to select more than one answer if they’d had more than one type of bathroom injury, and the top 5 was as follows:
1. Contusion (bruising) – 67%
2. Cuts – 48%
3. Broken bone – 22%
4. Dislocation – 18%
5. Concussion – 14%
The study then established the most hazardous area of the bathroom, asking respondents to select from a list of potential options of where their misfortune occurred. The majority, 34%, said they’d suffered an injury in the bath, whilst 32% selected ‘shower’ and 14% admitted it had occurred on or around the ‘toilet’. 9% said their injury had taken place at the sink and 11% said ‘other’.
Those respondents who claimed to suffer from an injury were asked to specify the nature of the incident, and the UKBathrooms team then selected the top 10 weirdest incidents:
1. An overweight person allegedly suffered cuts to their nether regions from the toilet seat lid shattering beneath their weight, after they sat on it whilst trying to put their socks on following a shower.
2. A person claimed that, having dropped their iPhone into the toilet, they suffered a dislocated shoulder whilst attempting to fish it out. Despite this, they managed to retrieve it, but sadly, the smartphone no longer worked.
3. One person received a cut to the head and concussion from a falling cistern cover after knocking it off and onto their head whilst being sick into the toilet.
4. Somebody claimed to have lost three of their front teeth after falling and hitting their face on the sink whilst trying to remove their trousers when drunk.
5. One person said that they cut their hand on broken glass after singing into a hairbrush and accidentally striking the mirror with the brush, causing it to shatter.
6. A man claimed to have received an electric shock from hair straighteners after trying to retrieve them from a sink full of water that he’d inadvertently dropped them into.
7. One respondent dislocated their toe after it got stuck up inside the cold tap of the bath.
8. A woman claimed to have fallen through her bathroom window after slipping whilst standing in the bath and plunging through headfirst – luckily the bathroom was on the ground floor; but she was, unfortunately, naked.
9. A lady in her 30s fell off her toilet, unfortunately during her call of nature, after the toilet seat bracket came loose and caused the seat to slip to the side. She suffered bruising to her hip and elbow.
10. Another person said that they fell through the shower curtain, ripping the rail down and breaking their wrist in the process after panicking at the stinging sensation from getting shampoo directly in their eyes.
Further information uncovered by the research revealed that the most likely sex to suffer a bathroom related injury was apparently women, as 56% of respondents who admitted to suffering an injury in the bathroom were female. In addition to this, the overwhelming cause of accidents was ‘slippage’ at 61%, due to a wet surface.
Peter Gregg director of UKBathrooms.com, had the following to say:
“Looking at our poll, it seems that the bathroom is a more dangerous place than you might initially expect. With water in abundance, it’s not that surprising that slips are common. What’s more surprising though is the nature of some of these injuries.”
“It seems that being drunk, or just lacking in common sense increases the hazard potential incredibly. We’d advise taking care when entering or exiting the bath, as you don’t want to end up exposed to the neighbours like the unfortunate person who fell through their window. As for the person with the wayward hairbrush, maybe try and tone it down a little – probably for the neighbours’ sake, as well as your own.”