When using a ladder, make safety matter

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:

Video link - Mick Recovering from ladder fall Video link - John cares for his father after a ladder fall

Video – Mick recovering from ladder fall                 Video – John cares for his father after a fall

Video link - Paul Recovering from ladder fall injuries Video link - Dr. Owen Roodenburg Deputy Director ICU / Head of Trauma ICU, Alfred Hospital

Video – Paul recovering from ladder fall                 Dr. Owen Roodenburg, Head of Trauma ICU

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.

ladder safety graphic - in one year in Australia 1668 people aged 65+ were hospitalised because of ladder falls

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