As the Daily Telegraph reported, a 13-year-old boy was with his family in a popular shopping centre in Sydney on Sunday June 28, when he fell from a stairwell, landing thirty metres below and suffering severe injuries. The boy was rushed to the Sydney Children’s Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, it is understood that the boy had slid down the bannister on a stairwell when he fell.

According to Monash University’s Accident Research Centre, slips trips and falls in buildings are a significant public health problem, which may be expected to grow as a result of an ageing Australian population and a rise in multi-storey buildings. And while there were no statistics published relating to falls from misadventure on stairwells, any parent with young boys will know it is a popular pastime where possible.

As the Daily Mail reported in 2012, a 23-year-old woman attending a Halloween party at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton tragically fell to her death from a set of stairs when she attempted to slide down a bannister.

Such incidents serve to remind us of the risk on stairs and balconies.