A STEP TOO FAR ON LADDERS
CONSUMER agencies have funded a campaign to warn people about the dangers of misusing a ladder. Apparently, 1600 people are taken to hospital every year in Australia after falling from ladders. One third of those people need intensive care and a quarter of those patients die from their injuries. It is tragic for the victims and their families – but will an advertising campaign make any difference? Moreover, should taxpayer money be spent to prevent stupidity? Many of those who survive need ongoing treatment, which adds costs to the health system, so preventing an injury would save money. The data shows most of the injured are older men – who already know the dangers but still take risks. They probably also take risks with chainsaws, angle grinders, lawn mowers and motor bikes. The campaign cost $80,000 for videos, brochures and posters. It can be viewed at www.productsafety.gov.au/laddersafetymatters.
Rick Lee - regional editor