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The arrival of Autumn means that the leaves are about to fall which also means that there are a whole lot of Do It Yourself projects taking place right around the country. Homes are being cleaned, gutters are being cleared and hedges are being trimmed. In this week’s blog CSSM Myotherapist, Kelsey Thomas, talks ladder safety because it’s probably no surprise that all this activity coincides with an increase in the number of falls from ladders.
Ladder falls are the most frequent DIY injury with nearly one in ten falls resulting in a brain injury. (1)
Alfred Health studied ladder-related falls and found that from 2007-2011, 584 Victorians were admitted to the Alfred Hospital after falling off ladders. Of those, 194 were major trauma cases and 58 ended up in the intensive care unit where they relied on machines to breathe.
Even a small fall can have serious consequences including pain, impaired function, loss of confidence and a loss of dependence.
The Alfred followed this up with another study between June 2016 and June 2017 and found that out of 532 people with life threatening injuries sustained from falling – more than half were falls from less than a metre.
Perhaps it’s no wonder researchers now recommend wearing a helmet when climbing a ladder.
Some important tips to consider before climbing that ladder:
If you’d like to decrease your risk of falling, or have had a previous fall, our team at CSSM can help to improve your balance, strength and stability.
However, if you have fallen, it is important to have your injuries assessed. Our team can refer for x-rays and imaging after more serious falls or help with injury rehabilitation in less serious events. Call for an appointment today.
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