Home maintenance tasks can give you a great sense of pride in your DIY work. But around 1,600 men aged over 65 are hospitalised each year with ladder-related injuries.
You might think a ladder accident won’t happen to you and that you know what to do and how to do it. Paul, Mick and Nick did too. Their lives were turned upside-down by split-second decisions on a ladder.
See their stories:
Instead of charging ahead with a job it is best to:
- Choose the right ladder for the job
- Don’t work in wet or windy conditions
- Take time to set up your ladder
- Have another person hold the ladder
- Know your limits and work to your ability.
The campaign is a joint initiative of Australia’s consumer protection agencies, including Consumer and Business Services in SA and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information visit www.productsafety.gov.au/laddersafetymatters