Information from the Australian website Australian Competition Consumer Commission explains the risks and injuries associated with ladder usage annually.
On average 4.5 Australians, mainly men, die each year after falling from a ladder. Most men injured or killed after falling from a ladder were at or nearing retirement age and were doing maintenance around the home.
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.
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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