On average, 4.5 Australians — mainly men — die each year after falling from a ladder.
The Australian National Coroners Information System indicates:
the average age of people who die in ladder-related accidents is 65 years old
32 per cent of deaths were in the 70-79 year age group
96 per cent of fatalities were male
over 85 per cent of deaths occur in non-occupational activities
34 per cent of these deaths occur during home maintenance activities.
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.
In Australians aged 65 or older:
during 2011–12, 1,294 men (78 per cent) and 374 women (22 per cent) were hospitalised in Australia as a result of a fall on or from a ladder
around 3 in 5 of these falls resulted in a bone fracture (63 per cent)
62 per cent of fall injuries happened in or around the home
home outdoor areas were the most common areas where a fall occurred (45 per cent)
of cases where the type of work done at the time of injury is known, 85 per cent happened during unpaid work including household maintenance tasks (such as pruning trees, clearing gutters and painting ceilings).