45 Epic Stair Design Fails That May Result In Some Serious Injuries (New Pics)

I think it’s only fair to agree on one simple thing. If an indoor space, or an outdoor one, for that matter, has a stairway, however long or short, it should serve its function. First, it should bring us up and down at least one level and second, it should be safe. That’s the bare minimum, right?

But it turns out, some stair designers out there have had their minds spun by invisible hamsters on a wheel. Right below, it becomes very clear why. You see, if the stairs cost you a potentially immeasurable amount of broken legs, you’d be better off without them.

Bored Panda has compiled the most absurd cases of stair designs gone very wrong that make a ladder look like a premium lift in comparison. My popcorn is ready, how about you?#1 

Steps That You Can’t See

Steps That You Can't See

Paarnahkrin Report111pointsPOST

fro_st puppy12 hours ago(edited)

Some poor bad eye sighted person or pretty much anyone is literally going to bash their leg on that or worse32ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

They Built This School Like One Month Ago

They Built This School Like One Month Ago

WifideRouter Report108pointsPOST

Man with nice beard12 hours ago

Head banger29ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

Not A Paradox, Just A Normal Russian Architecture

Not A Paradox, Just A Normal Russian Architecture

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Pixie12 hours ago

Built by M. C. Escher?41ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Although the absurd stair designs may look quite funny from the comfort of a computer, in reality, they cause some very serious risks to people who use them. National Safety Councilstatistics rank stairway injuries second only to motor vehicle accidents among leading causes of accidents. Moreover, World Health Organization states that falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide.

According to the representative of the Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers, a civil litigation attorney who focuses on personal injury, bankruptcy, business law and other civil matters, children and adults over 65 are especially at high risk. 

“Each year, one in three elderly adults suffers a serious stairway fall. Such injuries can increase the chances of an earlier death and reduce the ability to live independently. The elderly face a higher likelihood of falling because they often experience muscle weakness and potential dizziness from taking a variety of medications. This risk rises as they age.”#4 

No Broken Legs I Know Of

No Broken Legs I Know Of

slepsteRwasTaken Report101pointsPOST

ravina nimje12 hours ago(edited)

apply border sticker on edges.37ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#5 

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

IsItKandar Report91pointsPOST

ZeroHargreaves05712 hours ago

Alice in Wonderland…… who?17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

The Perfect Building To Have Stairs In Front Of

The Perfect Building To Have Stairs In Front Of

ROPISUS Report88pointsPOST

Raven Sheridan12 hours ago

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They state that common injuries caused by stairway falls include internal bleeding, fractured bones, brain injuries, soft-tissue injuries, and dislocations. Moreover, Safety Council statistics indicate falls are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury, so in no way can the possibility of falling down the stairs be looked at lightly.

To prevent such injuries, premises liability law requires property owners to reasonably maintain stairways. According to the Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers, “The law also holds property owners responsible where injuries occur as a result of dangerous or hazardous conditions. If proven that injuries directly resulted from a property owner’s negligence, then the injured person may be able to collect compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, and reimbursement for medical bills related to the accident.”#7 

Access For Wheelchairs On These Stairs

Access For Wheelchairs On These Stairs

CptnTryhard Report86pointsPOST

Pixie12 hours ago

O.ô19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

That’s How I Broke My Leg

That's How I Broke My Leg

Dis-Man-8 Report82pointsPOST

Verena Gitterle11 hours ago

I feel you17ReplyView more comments#9 

These Stairs In My In-Laws’ Summerhouse. We Have Parties Here So Going Down These Stairs Drunk Is A Challenge

These Stairs In My In-Laws' Summerhouse. We Have Parties Here So Going Down These Stairs Drunk Is A Challenge

reddit.com Report80pointsPOST

Luka Verheijen12 hours ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.View More Replies…View more comments#10 

These Are Stairs In My Town. Just How?

These Are Stairs In My Town. Just How?

kprincess Report80pointsPOST

Pixie12 hours ago

…. I hope for Photoshop?18ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

The “Extra” Two Inches Of Concrete At The Top Of My Stairs. We Call It “The Tripper”

The “Extra” Two Inches Of Concrete At The Top Of My Stairs. We Call It “The Tripper”

DesertVol Report72pointsPOST

Jihan Kim12 hours ago

stairs with uneven steps… hate25ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

Got An Unsatisfying Feeling When Walking Downstairs And The Last Step Was Not There

Got An Unsatisfying Feeling When Walking Downstairs And The Last Step Was Not There

antglin Report72pointsPOST

A.M. Pierre11 hours ago

And that’s where you step forward gracefully expecting a stair and end up looking like an especially awkward giraffe as you try to recover.66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#13 

I Saw This At My School

I Saw This At My School

Frezzi54 Report70pointsPOST

Pixie12 hours ago

Insert Picard-face-palm here36ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

I Present To You Jeans Stairs Or Jairs

I Present To You Jeans Stairs Or Jairs

Mr_PoodlePants Report70pointsPOST

fro_st puppy12 hours ago

why?53ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Imagine Being Drunk

Imagine Being Drunk

M3strefi Report69pointsPOST

Luka Verheijen12 hours ago

Feel drunk without alcohol.48ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16 

I Can See Why Someone Wanted To Fix This

I Can See Why Someone Wanted To Fix This

Centella111 Report64pointsPOST

Man with nice beard12 hours ago

Good grief i stop drinking long ago10ReplyView more comments#17 

Escalator/Stairs Combo

Escalator/Stairs Combo

Thund3rl1ps Report64pointsPOST

Jihan Kim12 hours ago

budget issues i see30ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

This Is Russia

This Is Russia

sergeserge Report62pointsPOST

Monday10 hours ago

Wait..so you have to hop over the railing to get out?21ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

Found This Beauty At My Local College

Found This Beauty At My Local College

GelatinSkeleton3 Report61pointsPOST

Man with nice beard12 hours ago

Just common glitch i found on game55ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

You Have To Go Up The Stairs, And Then Down The Stairs To Get To The Door

You Have To Go Up The Stairs, And Then Down The Stairs To Get To The Door

ScorpionPC Report59pointsPOST

UncleRussian12 hours ago

Free exercise23ReplyView more comments#21 

Stairs From The Top

Stairs From The Top

reddit.com Report59pointsPOST

Verena Gitterle11 hours ago

Can I take the lift?5ReplyView more comments#22 

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven

spookydaddio Report57pointsPOST

Pixie12 hours ago

My first thougt: ohhhh cute17ReplyView more comments#23 

Don’t Think The Owner Of This Hotel Thought This Through

Don't Think The Owner Of This Hotel Thought This Through

mediagarden Report55pointsPOST

Raven Sheridan12 hours ago

Let’s take the stairs. Urgh…on second thought, how about we wait for the lift?13ReplyView more comments#24 

The Longer You Stair, The Worse It Gets

The Longer You Stair, The Worse It Gets

GoGators2 Report52pointsPOST

Raven Sheridan12 hours ago

D.I.Y?18ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

These Stairs Carpeted With A Pattern That Makes It Hard To See The Edge

These Stairs Carpeted With A Pattern That Makes It Hard To See The Edge

ke4ukz Report49pointsPOST

Eva the Egg11 hours ago

What stairs?28ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#26 

When I Tripped On The Stairs I Cut My Arm On These Things, And Continued To Fall Down The Stairs (I’m The 5th Victim This Week)

When I Tripped On The Stairs I Cut My Arm On These Things, And Continued To Fall Down The Stairs (I'm The 5th Victim This Week)

JeffKaplanFromOW Report48pointsPOST

Luka Verheijen12 hours ago

Maybe put some flags in those holes.10ReplyView more comments#27 

This Fuzzy Staircase

This Fuzzy Staircase

analogHedgeHog Report45pointsPOST

JuJu12 hours ago

Yikes12ReplyView more comments#28 

This Staircase

This Staircase

jayapuraupdate Report45pointsPOST

Luka Verheijen12 hours ago

Fashionable.8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

Just A Staircase In St. Petersburg

Just A Staircase In St. Petersburg

Hellerick Report44pointsPOST

Raven Sheridan12 hours ago

Uh huh! More Vodka inspired Soviet architecture.22ReplyView more comments#30 

A Staircase At My Uni

A Staircase At My Uni

ixorabones Report44pointsPOST

troufaki1312 hours ago

It’s a secret entrance19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

All The Privacy You Need

All The Privacy You Need

cciva Report43pointsPOST

Jihan Kim12 hours ago

????????????17ReplyView more comments#32 

Why Don’t You Just Use All The Stairs?

Why Don't You Just Use All The Stairs?

marytheuseless Report43pointsPOST

Roger Haywood11 hours ago

Theres no need for the rails.3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

Painted In A Hotel Stairwell Leading To Fitness Center

Painted In A Hotel Stairwell Leading To Fitness Center

Westonhaus Report43pointsPOST

UncleRussian12 hours ago

“He’s just standing there…. Menacingly”26ReplyView more comments#34 

And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

Lord_neah Report39pointsPOST

Ian Koch11 hours ago

*b o n k*7ReplyView more comments#35 

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

DurkleR Report39pointsPOST

BigFish Artwire12 hours ago

If it wasn’t for the wall to the left in the picture I wouldn’t know that those are steps16ReplyView more comments#36 

These Stairs At Our Hotel

These Stairs At Our Hotel

Zvek_Eagle Report39pointsPOST

Pixie12 hours ago

More of a ladder than stairs9ReplyView more comments#37 

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven

JohanCruijfff Report39pointsPOST

Luka Verheijen12 hours ago

Pretty cool. But what is on the side of it?16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#38 

Great Paint Job, Especially That Last “Step”

Great Paint Job, Especially That Last “Step”

leinamichelle Report35pointsPOST

Sheepeggs7 hours ago

Imagine going down the stairs blindfolded, you finally get the hang of it when suddenly you reach the bottom. Now imagine yo have perfectly good eyesight, you finally get the hang of it when suddenly you reach the bottom.8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#39 

When Your Gym Tries Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

When Your Gym Tries Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

james_pawned Report34pointsPOST

Bow, I’m a Slytherin12 hours ago

You will Hit Yourself 3 months From Thank is At 3rd Floor16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#40 

These Stairs At My Friend’s House

These Stairs At My Friend's House

Tom_Theunissen Report33pointsPOST

Raven Sheridan12 hours ago

Is that the blood of the murder dungeons previous victim on the stairs?31ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#41 

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

01aleksander Report32pointsPOST

Luka Verheijen12 hours ago

Weelchair launcher24ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#42 

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

bgwinup Report31pointsPOST

Raven Sheridan11 hours ago

They don’t call it a throne for no reason. 24ReplyView more comments#43 

Wasting A Third Of The Staircase

Wasting A Third Of The Staircase

Inuj Report31pointsPOST

Ellie10 hours ago

These handles are usually added later where either ppl complained or someone fell.14ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#44 

New Staircase At My School

New Staircase At My School

OmegaBrightBlade Report30pointsPOST

Luka Verheijen12 hours ago

Great for doing a limbo dance.13ReplyView more comments#45 

When Personal Injury Lawers Moonlight As Interior A Designer

When Personal Injury Lawers Moonlight As Interior A Designer

HK23E Report30pointsPOST

Alexis Alcaide González10 hours ago

And today in a new episode of insurance nightmares…4ReplyView more comments

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