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Snow and ice falls injure 7,000 each year

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Falling on snow or ice is responsible for more than 7,000 people every year being admitted to hospital, according to figures from the NHS Information Centre.

Data shows that in 2008-09 there were 7,641 hospital admissions in England involving people hurting themselves on ice or snow, with another 3,854 admitted for accidents involving ice skates, skis, skateboards or roller blades.

The study also revealed there were 244 hospital admissions for injuries caused by plant thorns, spines and sharp leaves.

A further 5,761 admissions were among people falling off or on a ladder.

In a warning to Boxing Day sales shoppers, 125 people were admitted to hospital after being crushed, pushed or stepped on in a crowd or stampede.

And for those thinking of serving mulled wine, there were 1,772 hospital admissions for accidents involving hot drinks.

Other quirky facts from the 2008-09 data showed three hospital admissions for contact with scorpions, 59 for being struck by lightning and 4,416 for injuries caused by a non-powered hand tool.

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