To save money, many people in New Zealand resort to the DIY route. Ladders are a must for pretty much any activity that requires you to reach an area that you otherwise can’t – your ceiling, your roof, a branch, etc.
Unfortunately, despite being an ubiquitous DIY tool, ladders are often so much more dangerous than they appear. Many people suffer injuries from falling off of ladders, even while doing simple DIY repairs around the house.
Instead of a ladder, a better option would be to hire a scissor lift. Unlike ladders, which are wobbly and have narrow footing, a scissor lift has spacious footing, a stable base, and a safety rail to prevent falls. This allows people to work unencumbered while minimising the risks.
Prone to Accidents
Ladders are widely available, but they are also high-risk tools that cost New Zealanders thousands of dollars in medical bills every year. About 77 people fall off of ladders every week, with fractures being one of the most common injuries sustained. Elevated falls are potentially fatal, especially if the victim falls on their head or on their neck.
Why are Ladders so Dangerous?
One of the reasons so many people fall off of ladders is because they are unable to keep their balance. Most of these accidents happen when someone decides to carry something while climbing the ladder. Since they are balancing items on their arms, they only increase their chances of falling.
Others fall because the ladder itself toppled over. This could be because the ladder has a few loose screws, was placed on a slippery surface, or propped up on uneven ground. Ladders have to be stable and placed on an even surface in order to maintain its stability.
It is better to choose safer alternatives to ladders such as scissor lifts, or even scaffolds. If you absolutely must use a ladder, however, make sure to use it correctly and to avoid any risky behaviour while climbing.