Ladders are part of most home garages and work sheds. But if the ladder is not in good condition or is used inappropriately falls can occur and cause:
You only have to fall from 1–2 metres off a ladder to suffer serious injuries or death.
On average, 19.4 Australians — mainly men — die each year after falling from a ladder.
The Australian National Coroners Information System indicates:
Most men injured or killed after falling from a ladder were at or nearing retirement age and were doing maintenance around the home.
Ladder injury occurs in an older age group than DIY injuries in general — the peak age for DIY injuries is 30-34 years.
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