Ladder safety matters
In one year in Australia, 1,668 people aged 65 years and over were hospitalised because they fell from a ladder. Sixty-two per cent of those injuries occurred in or around their home.*
Ladder related injuries among men aged 65 years and older is steadily increasing in Australia.
The national education campaign ‘Ladder safety matters’ encourages older Australian men to stop and think before they use a ladder. It’s often the split-second decision or risky shortcut that results in a fall.
By following some simple ladder safety tips the risk of injury can be reduced:
- choose the right ladder for the job
- don’t work in wet or windy conditions
- take time to set up your ladder
- work safely up the ladder
- have another person hold the ladder
- know your limits and work to your ability.
Ladder safety films
Watch the films below as Mick, John and Paul tell their stories about how they fell from a ladder, the recovery process and how the fall has changed their lives.
- Mick an active retiree who fell from a DIY structure he had set up in order to trim a hedge. You can watch Mick’s story here.
- John’s father, Nick, fell from a ladder while investigating a leaking roof five years ago and has not fully recovered from his injuries. You can watch John’s story here.
- Paul was sanding the exterior of his house when he overreached and fell more than two metres from a ladder. You can watch Paul’s story here.
- Dr Owen Roodenburg, Deputy Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, witnesses first-hand the impacts of ladder-related falls. Watch Dr Roodenburg explain the serious impacts of a ladder fall here.
Learn more about buying a ladder and safe use on the Product Safety website.
* Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011–12