Going up and down stairs is a regular part of most people’s days. Whether you live in a two-story house, work on the fifth floor of an office building, or live in a city with lots of hills and stairs to climb, you probably don’t think much about them when you encounter a flight of stairs. But I’m sure we all know that feeling where you accidentally misstep while walking down them or think you’ve reached a last step a tad bit prematurely, and suddenly, your heart skips a beat and your life flashes before your eyes. Going up or down a staircase can be the most mundane activity in your day, or it can be the most frightening moment in an otherwise normal and safe day…

If you’re curious about all of the most dangerous and frightening staircases the world has to offer, allow us to introduce you to the Death Stairs Facebook group. This community, (whose witty name we are absolutely obsessed with) is dedicated to sharing photos of the most dangerous staircases members can find. From extremely long stretches of steps snaking their way up mountains to carpeted stairs covered in trippy patterns that will make your eyes hurt, we’ve gathered some of the craziest death stairs down below.

Keep reading to find interviews with both of the group's administrators, Lane Sutterby and Duffy Toler, and be sure to upvote the pics that you think deserve a death stare. Then let us know in the comments if you’ve ever encountered any particularly scary stairs, and if you’d like to check out another Bored Panda article featuring questionably designed stairs, look no further than right here!

#1

Takes Some Guts To Step Onto Here! I Gather It's Tijuca Peak - Rio De Janeiro And I'm Not Planning To Visit Any Time Soon!

Takes Some Guts To Step Onto Here! I Gather It's Tijuca Peak - Rio De Janeiro And I'm Not Planning To Visit Any Time Soon!

Helen Dashwood Report

EP
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My stomach dropped just looking intently at the picture. I have no clue how she is standing hands free without a worry. I feel nauseous looking at it. Wow

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#2

About 9 Years Ago, My Employer Put New Carpet On The Stairs. I Died 3 Times

About 9 Years Ago, My Employer Put New Carpet On The Stairs. I Died 3 Times

Laura MJ Report

E
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I legit though the staircase was flat at first.

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#3

And Yes: I "Tripped" When Coming Down Because I Thought I Had 1 More Step To Go

And Yes: I "Tripped" When Coming Down Because I Thought I Had 1 More Step To Go

Zêta Schuijt-Koorndijk Report

The Death Stairs Facebook group was first created on November 8th, 2020, and it has already amassed over 61k members. The group’s description welcomes visitors and members to the community, noting that Death Stairs is “where ascension is perilous and descending is deadly”. They invite people to share the “deadliest staircases” and to “tread safely”, as many of the photos shared there feature staircases that are certainly not for the faint of heart.  

To learn more about the history of Death Stairs and what it’s like running the page, we reached out to the group’s administrators, Lane Sutterby and Duffy Toler, on Facebook. Lane, who created the page, shared that his original vision for the group was just for it to be a "tag group". "One where someone would comment and tag the group’s name in a relevant post in another group such as That’s it, I’m architecture shaming," he explained.

"I never could have dreamed of how large the group has become!" Lane told Bored Panda. "Running the group is a breeze, I have an excellent team of mods and admin that handle the very few issues that arise. Special shout-out to Duffy Toler, he stays on top of things, he’s the man!" Duffy also noted that running the page hasn't been too challenging. "Page is just very light amusement, so there's almost no flame wars or dumpster fires."

#4

Floating Death Stairs At Machu Picchu, Peru.... I'm Sure That Drop Off On The Left When You Slip Is Just Fiiiiiiiin

Floating Death Stairs At Machu Picchu, Peru.... I'm Sure That Drop Off On The Left When You Slip Is Just Fiiiiiiiin

Jorge Acosta Report

nerdy_panda
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is what would happen to me 100%: "Hey Linda, come look over here and take a picture of that alpaca! it's right over th-" *falls*

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#5

Huntington Place Convention Center, Detroit

Huntington Place Convention Center, Detroit

Kyle Davis Report

Crc
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The best part is this is the gathering place for a lot of races, including the Detroit Marathon. Imagine trying to navigate these bad boys after 26.2 miles

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#6

Scary Stairs

Scary Stairs

Chris Duzan Report

When it comes to why people are so captivated by these death stairs, Lane told Bored Panda, "I think because they make us all stop and think, 'Who thought that was a good idea? Who signed off on that design? Why does this exist? It’s potentially deadly!' It’s something that we all can relate to, when we see death stairs, no sane person thinks they’re fine to use. In a way, it disturbs the societal norm enough that it sticks in our minds for a while."

Duffy also shared his thoughts on why the page is so fascinating. “I think some people are attracted to the group because they had a pic of some bad stairs,” he shared. “Some have mobility issues. Some are from that mysterious ‘stairs in the woods’ thing from a few years ago.”

What he is referring to is a phenomenon of people finding random stairs in the woods that went viral last year. These random staircases that seemingly lead nowhere were found all over the world, in Cambodia, the United States, Sweden, the Philippines, Germany and Italy. Those stairs were mostly mysterious, rather than deathly, but I can see how they might attract similar audiences. They’re all captivating stairs!  

#7

And That’s How Fred Flinstone Came To Have Two Hip Replacements

And That’s How Fred Flinstone Came To Have Two Hip Replacements

Caitlin Tracy Report

A C
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That, among other issues, looks soooooo slippery!!

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#8

The Frozen Stairs Of Death! Stairs Up To The Top Of Snowdon, North Wales, UK!

The Frozen Stairs Of Death! Stairs Up To The Top Of Snowdon, North Wales, UK!

Gill Allen Report

#9

No. So Much No

No. So Much No

Francois Scott Report

Tim Gearing
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gloucester Tree in Gloucester National Park. Western Australia. There were a network of 8 trees used for fire spotting built between 1937 and 1952.

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We also asked Lane and Duffy if they have a favorite set of death stairs that they've ever seen shared in the group or in real life.

"I’ve seen a couple different staircases in person that were way too steep, or the steps blend into each other walking down them," Lane shared. "But my favorite one was in a house my girlfriend Sam and I were walking through with her realtor once; steep and carpeted, and at the top they made a weird 90 degree turn to avoid a sloped ceiling that forced you to step up on the wall next to them, essentially. But if you started back down them too far to the left then you’d end up falling a couple feet and sliding the rest of the way down on your bottom!"

“There are a bunch of good ones, it's hard to choose,” Duffy added. “There was a picture of a tombstone that was a staircase. There are a number of comic but scary construction mistakes. Some pics show little more than rocks chipped from a cliff face in ancient times. IRL there were some sketchy stairs leading to makeshift docks for fishing boats on the coast of NC when I was a kid.”

#10

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

FarEast Tupolev Tong Report

#11

Nope

Nope

Michelle Allum Report

CaliCoast
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG where is this?? Need to know so I never go there!!!!!!

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#12

Eah, Have A Few Drinks Upstairs At The Restaurant, Then Good Luck Navigating The Geometric Nightmare That Awaits

Eah, Have A Few Drinks Upstairs At The Restaurant, Then Good Luck Navigating The Geometric Nightmare That Awaits

Dee Glick Report

Finally, we asked both administrators what exactly qualifies as “death stairs”. "I think that could be anything from extremely poor design to terrible build quality, and especially ones that instill fear due to their location, proximity to long falls, potential for ice or wet surfaces causing slips that could end up extremely harmful or deadly," Lane told Bored Panda.

“The wonderful members of the group have been exploring what ‘Death Stairs’ are in some creative ways,” Duffy shared. “Some stairs aren't really frightening so much as they are confusing, I like those a lot. Many of them are poorly constructed, a good one of these is a ‘When you see it…’ kind of thing. Art installations sometimes employ stairs in bizarre ways. Halloween brings stairs with skulls on them, winter brings stairs with ice.”

Lane also wanted to warn readers to tread carefully! "You never know when you might encounter death stairs in the wild."

#13

Slippery When Wet, Aguas Calientes, Peru

Slippery When Wet, Aguas Calientes, Peru

Claudia van der Smissen Report

oktopus
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On the right are incised the names of all who have died while using these steps.

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#14

Scary

Scary

Robert Pelletier Report

Vector
Community Member
2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my clumsy a*s would fall onto those power lines 😭😭

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#15

Huangshan Mountain, China

Huangshan Mountain, China

Tom Williams Report

Despite its morbid name, the Death Stairs Facebook group is a lighthearted community. But unfortunately, in reality, there are plenty of death stairs around the globe. And they might not look any different from the stairs you encounter every day at home or in your office building. According to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, approximately 12,000 people lose their lives on a staircase every year. And an astonishing 1 million people end up in the emergency room every year due to stair-related injuries. So if you're typically texting or playing games on your phone while walking up or down stairs, here's your friendly reminder to pay closer attention!

#17

This Is Jacob’s Ladder In Falmouth, UK On 3rd Nov 2022 During A Terrible Downpour

This Is Jacob’s Ladder In Falmouth, UK On 3rd Nov 2022 During A Terrible Downpour

Rachael Gaunt Report

Yerdua_e.d
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your bones will be a jacob's ladder after you try to use these stairs

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#18

Abandoned Staircase, Croatia

Abandoned Staircase, Croatia

Carl Brownell Report

tara
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks safer than most of the others!

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When it comes to what types of injuries people incur while trekking up or down stairs, Amstep Products notes on their site that the injuries vary greatly. The most common are sprains and strains, head and neck injuries, and fractures. But patients have also been treated for spinal cord damage, deep lacerations, brain injuries, injuries to the back or neck, broken bones, internal bleeding and lower extremity injuries. Yikes! Interestingly enough, most of these falls also occur in our own homes. So don’t run up or down, skip steps or ignore the handrail. And don’t let your own staircase become a set of death stairs!  

#19

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

Leszek Wilczuk Report

EP
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg no! Again… stomach dropping just looking at this vantage point.

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#20

To The Hell

To The Hell

Laurent Garrigos Report

Lucinda Speer
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is an ancient well. I guess you'd have to be pretty thirsty to brave this.

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#21

Uhhh Yikes!!

Uhhh Yikes!!

Denise Chase Report

Fembot
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine coming down those with a basket of laundry, or a small child

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There are certain factors that can make our staircases more prone to become death devices, though. According to MedLegal360, some of the most common causes of stair-related injuries are slippery steps, snow-covered or icy stairs, liquid spills, torn carpets, underlighting, improper handrails, uneven or missing steps and cluttered stairways. So be extra careful with outdoor stairs in the winter, and resist the temptation to store anything on the steps in your home. That Christmas tree might look adorable there, but you don’t want to regret it when you come tumbling down on top of it and shatter all of your precious ornaments (and perhaps a few bones!).  

#22

You Too, Can Be Human History; With Death Stairs!

You Too, Can Be Human History; With Death Stairs!

Fayad Qifar Report

#23

Philadelphia Trinity. Get Called To Look At These A Lot. There Really Isn’t Much Ya Can Do - The Houses Are Pretty Much The Size Of A Stairwell. Not Even Enough Room To Get A Photo But You Have To Duck As You Descend

Philadelphia Trinity. Get Called To Look At These A Lot. There Really Isn’t Much Ya Can Do - The Houses Are Pretty Much The Size Of A Stairwell. Not Even Enough Room To Get A Photo But You Have To Duck As You Descend

Billy Capozzoli Report

Blaze Fitzwater
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Philly native, I've only hit my head 91, 634 times descending these types of stairs. 😮‍💨 So glad I live in a rancher now.

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#24

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

Tee Holden Report

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If I’ve terrified you from walking up or down the stairs in your home, first of all, I’m so sorry! And second of all, don’t fret. There are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety when going up or down floors. Amstep Products recommends that we all pay close attention when walking up or down them, remove any trip hazards, tread carefully, walk slowly, and if you so desire, install non-slip stair treads or stair nosing to create better friction. I have fallen on my rear end more times than I’d like to admit by running up wooden stairs in socks when I was a kid, so believe me when I say, some extra tread can make a huge difference. 

#25

Stairs In My Grandparents House

Stairs In My Grandparents House

Dawid Trawicki Report

Maggie
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this for when they are tired of living?

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#26

Delightful

Delightful

Jason Goldsmid Report

#27

My Ankle Twisted Itself When I Found This Image

My Ankle Twisted Itself When I Found This Image

Monica Renée O Report

Fembot
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks a common cellar stairs except a little extra bendy. Not that bad and easy to get used to

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We hope we haven’t accidentally given you a fear of stairs from viewing the photos on this list. But continue to tread carefully when going up and down staircases, and if there’s a handrail available, don’t hesitate to use it. Keep upvoting the pictures that you think perfectly encapsulate what “death stairs” are, and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever encountered any particularly frightening stairs out in the wild. Then if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article featuring horribly designed stairs, you can find a few here, here and here! Watch your step!  

#28

Bet Those Icy Nights Are Tough On The Pizza Delivery Guy!

Bet Those Icy Nights Are Tough On The Pizza Delivery Guy!

Jeff Kelley Report

#29

I’m Positive I Would Find A Way To Get My Foot Stuck And Hang Upside Down For Hours (Or Days) Until Someone Found Me

I’m Positive I Would Find A Way To Get My Foot Stuck And Hang Upside Down For Hours (Or Days) Until Someone Found Me

Liz Carl Report

#30

Nope

Nope

Caroline Coles Report

Trigga
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why the f**k do people build this kind of s**t?

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#31

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

Zachary Fitzgerald Report

#32

Imagine Going Back Down

Imagine Going Back Down

Woody Bolz Report

Amanda Rose
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd scoot down one step at a time on my butt like a toddler here.

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#33

Escalator In A Fancy Hotel In Dallas, Converted Into Stairs. No Idea Why. You Don't Realize How Conditioned Your Body Is To Adjust To The Movement Of An Escalator, Until You Step Onto A Fake One

Escalator In A Fancy Hotel In Dallas, Converted Into Stairs. No Idea Why. You Don't Realize How Conditioned Your Body Is To Adjust To The Movement Of An Escalator, Until You Step Onto A Fake One

Erin Breean Report

#34

This Thing Bends From A Ladder To Stairs Near The Middle, If You Even Reach The Middle

This Thing Bends From A Ladder To Stairs Near The Middle, If You Even Reach The Middle

Lassik Blair Report

Kim Gilbert
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Definitely NOPE, and those are not stairs, it's a ladder, but why??

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#35

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

Keith A. Karchner Report

Let’s Be Kind
Community Member
2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, NM. Here’s the actual staircase - yes, there IS a railing. https://www.lorettochapel.com/

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#36

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

Rob McKinnon Report

#37

Some Nice Ladders To Escape The Fire Without Injuries

Some Nice Ladders To Escape The Fire Without Injuries

Marco Budding Report

#38

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

Zachary Fitzgerald Report

Apachebathmat
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ahhh, the 2022 graduation picture of the useless bbq grill association

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#39

Death Stairs

Death Stairs

Rob McKinnon Report

David
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No no. I said bring the OTHER mattress up. That's the wrong one. Take it back down and get the other one.

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#40

The Stairs Going Down To "The Pit" At The Plant I'm Working On. Covered In Years Of Grease And Metal Punch Outs

The Stairs Going Down To "The Pit" At The Plant I'm Working On. Covered In Years Of Grease And Metal Punch Outs

Matt Mee Report

#41

Hope You Dont Have To Get Anywhere In A Hurry Here! The Water Running Down The Stairs On The Left Would Have Me Going A** Over Tit In No Time

Hope You Dont Have To Get Anywhere In A Hurry Here! The Water Running Down The Stairs On The Left Would Have Me Going A** Over Tit In No Time

Dawn Savage Report

#42

Ben Youssef Madrasa, Marocco

Ben Youssef Madrasa, Marocco

Eduarda Azevedo Report

#43

Driving Through Virginia This Weekend And Saw This Insanity..... They Lead No Where

Driving Through Virginia This Weekend And Saw This Insanity..... They Lead No Where

Gigi Alexandris Report

CelticElff
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if it's a firefighter training tower

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#44

"Hold My Whisky, I Got This"

"Hold My Whisky, I Got This"

Michael Feen Report

T5n
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m okay with this one. This is actually a clever and well executed fix

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#45

Florida

Florida

Hilary Lynn Report

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